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Stephen Downes

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"There have been multiple studies and research on MOOC courses," write the authors, but "we consider that there is one of them that should be further explored due to its great interest. By this, we mean understanding better how their main users value them: students." This is because despite the shortcomings found by experts (which have been numerous), MOOCs are enduringly popular nonetheless. This is a small study (16 page PDF), but the composition - pre-service teachers - is interesting. Among the weaknesses they find is "the lack of pedagogical supervision of the teaching-learning process by teachers who teach MOOC courses" According to the authors, "It denotes that MOOCs are an interesting training offer but that it is alien to the specific fields of educational sciences." I can't disagree. From my perspective, MOOCs were never designed to be educational, at least, not in a traditional sense.

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