Higher Education in a Networked World: European Responses to U.S. MOOCs
Van Dijck, J. & T. Poell. 2015. Higher Education in a Networked World: European Responses to U.S. MOOCs. International Journal of Communication 9: 2674–2692.
19 Pages Posted: 18 Aug 2015
Date Written: August 17, 2015
Since 2012, platforms for massive open online courses (MOOCs), such as Coursera, Udacity, and edX, have had a considerable impact on established forms of higher education, both online and off-line, private and public. What are the technocommercial and sociocultural dynamics underlying the organization of MOOCs? This article first describes how MOOCs are built on the same mechanisms underpinning the overall ecosystem of connective platforms. Second, it inventories how European public universities have responded to MOOCs. Finally, the article theorizes how the surge of global online MOOCs impacts the definition of higher education as a public good. To sustain public systems of college education, governments and university administrators will need to address the networked infrastructure that undergirds national and global alliances.
Keywords: Educational Technology, Higher Education, Digital Media & Learning, Learning And Teaching In Higher Education, Social Media Marketing, Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs)
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