Recent reports and papers on MOOCs and Online education

This overview of nine key documents published over the past year is provided to support the ongoing debate on MOOCs, Open Educational Resources and online education, and to support the change processes in this time of openness. Dates of publication and extent are noted.


Any suggestions for reports and papers to be added to this list are very welcome! Please contact the ICDE Secretariat.

Introduction to Moocs: Avalanche, Illusion or Augmentation? Policy Brief Published by the UNESCO Institute for Information Technologies in Education

This Policy Brief aims to provide a background to the expansion of MOOCs, explain their differences and similarities, identify the types of students using MOOCs, investigate their business models and potential direction, and finally to scope the risks and benefits associated with their development.

Published: September 2013, 12 pages

The Maturing of the MOOC, Research Paper published by the UK Government, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

This survey of literature  on MOOCs and ODL aims to capture the state of knowledge and opinion about MOOCs and ODL, how they are evolving, and to identify issues that are important, whether consensual or controversial.

Published: September 2013, 122 pages

e-InfraNet: ‘Open’ as the default modus operandi for research and higher education

The main conclusion of this report is that: ”To realize the full potential of ‘Open’, e-InfraNet recommends a broad policy framework that covers open access to content and infrastructure as well as open approaches to the further development of ‘Open’ itself, and to the way research and higher education are conducted.”

Published: September 2013, 53 pages

2013 Survey on Technology and Instruction: Taking the Board to School on Educational Technology

The Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges (AGB) conducted a survey of  boards and educational technology in Spring 2013. AGB's aim is that this data will help to inform leaders and boards as they consider the impact of technology on teaching and learning in institutions.

Published: September 2013, 10 pages

eLearning Papers. Issue No.33 MOOCs and Beyond

This is one of the most visited online journals on Open Education, and it works to foster stimulating research and practices in Education, Innovation and Technology. 

This issue aims to shed light on the way MOOCs affect education institutions and learners. Which teaching and learning strategies can be used to improve the MOOC learning experience? How do MOOCs fit into today’s pedagogical landscape; and could they provide a viable model for developing countries? 

Published: May 2013, 7 articles

MOOCs and disruptive innovation: Implications for higher education

This paper uses the theory of disruptive innovation (Bower and Christensen, 1995) to examine the development of MOOCs and how their approach could be used to help institutions explore innovative approaches for teaching and learning and to develop new business models in order to gain competitive advantages in the education market. 

Published: May 2013, 8 pages

MOOCs @ Edinburgh 2013: Report #1

This report summarizes the experience of the University of Edinburgh, UK, in offering its first 6 massive open online courses (MOOCs) in partnership with Coursera.

Published: May 2013 35 pages

Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs): A Primer for University and College Board Members

The environment in which MOOCs and other forms of online education operate is changing virtually every day. Based upon a presentation given to the board of directors of AGB, this white paper is an effort to give board chairs, presidents, and others some context to help guide discussions on their own campuses.

Published: May 2013, 28 pages

The Australian Ernst & Young report: University of the future: A thousand year old industry on the cusp of profound change

This report notes that “Over the next 10-15 years, the current public university model in Australia will prove unviable in all but a few cases.”

Published: October 2012, 32 pages

11 October 2013

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