Topic outline

  • General

    • Welcome to this short course on "Teaching in a Digital Age".

      We recommend you to do the following, before taking the course:

      • Create an account and log in to the course to take the test;
      • Read the course introduction carefully;
      • Watch the videos in each of the lessons (as many times as you want);
      • Take a critical perspective for adopting online/blended learning;
      • Apply your new learning to your own context;
      • Wherever possible, discuss opportunities and challenges with colleagues; 
      • Practice the "Knowledge Check", as many times as possible; 
      • Take the final test, when you are ready;
      • Download the certificate (appears as pop-up, and thus your browser should be pop-up enabled); and
      • Please complete the "Course Completion Survey" to provide feedback.
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  • Introduction:

    Welcome to this lesson on massive open online courses (MOOCs). In this lesson, we will learn about the differences between various kinds of MOOCs. You will in fact learn about the differences between MOOCs and other forms of online and open learning courses. This lesson will give you a comprehensive overview of pedagogical issues around the development and administrative issues of investments in MOOCs. It has been claimed that MOOCs are the most disruptive of all technologically based innovations in higher education, and as a result, are the most controversial.



    Upon completion of this lesson, you are expected to be able to:

    • Understand the differences between various kinds of MOOCs
    • Differentiate between MOOCs and other forms of online and open learning courses
    • Identify whether or not to develop your own special kind of MOOCs
    • Advise your administration on whether or not to invest in MOOCs