pages
142
ISBN
9781848218017

MOOCs (Massive Online Open Courses) are shaking up the traditional forms of primary and continuing education and training. These new distance teaching tools which take advantage of the Web and social network revolution are making us think again about how we teach and learn. However, for all that, do they constitute a threat to universities […]

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MOOCs (Massive Online Open Courses) are shaking up the traditional forms of primary and continuing education and training. These new distance teaching tools which take advantage of the Web and social network revolution are making us think again about how we teach and learn.
However, for all that, do they constitute a threat to universities and schools, or are they just a new tool to change the traditional classroom?
This book brings together answers to the questions most often posed:
• Is the MOOC really new or is it just a modern form of distance education?
• What is a MOOC, how does it differ from the traditional form of teaching?
• Who can or should be educated with a MOOC and with what objectives?
• How can a MOOC be created?
• What are the available platforms to develop this type of tool?
• What is the value of a diploma obtained using this type of online education or training?
• Will MOOCs revolutionize education or are they just an evolution of teaching?
• Do they mean the end of universities or are they only an amazing tool for life-long training?
• Is there a business model for developing MOOCs?

1. What is a MOOC? 2. How to Construct a MOOC. 3. A MOOC for Whom and for What Purposes? 4. Financing and Development of MOOCs. 5. MOOCs and Higher Education. 6. Conclusions: What Does the Future Hold for MOOCs?

Jean-Charles Pomerol

Jean-Charles Pomerol is a specialist of Decision Support Systems, and former project leader for information technology in the Engineering Sciences Department at the CNRS. He was formerly in charge of the Artificial Intelligence laboratory at UPMC, Paris, France, as well as being the President of UPMC between 2006 and 2011. In this book, the author shares all this accumulated experience with the reader.