The Quality of MOOCs, an EFQUEL initiative

The MOOCs Quality Project, an initiative of the European Foundation for Quality in E-Learning (EFQUEL), has launched a debate on the quality of MOOCs with blogposts from experts and those involved in MOOOCs, with different world and user perspectives


The evolution of open educational resources to MOOCs can be chartered as follows. First came open access to course content, and then access to free online courses. Accredited institutions are now accepting MOOCs as well as free courses and experiential learning as partial credit toward a degree. The next disruptor will likely mark a tipping point: an entirely free online curriculum leading to a degree from an accredited institution.

This project seeks to stimulate a discourse through a series of weekly blog posts on the issue of quality of MOOCs – what is a good quality MOOC?

A number of posts have already been published, including by:

  • Ulf-Daniel Ehlers, Ebba Ossiannilsson, Alastair Creelman
  • Stephen Downes, National Research Council of Canada
  • Dave Cormier, University of Prince Edward Island, Canada
  • Asha Kanwar and Venkataraman Balaji, Commonwealth of Learning, Canada
  • Grainne Conole, University Leicester, UK

Future contributions are planned by:

  • Claudia Bremer, University of Frankfurt, Germany
  • Martin Weller, Institute of Educational Technology, Open University, UK
  • Julius Kvissberg (Student), Lund University, Sweden
  • Cable Green, Creative Commons
  • Wayne Macintosh, OER Foundation, New Zealand
  • Gilly Salmon, Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, Australia

Read all the current blog posts at



EFQUEL is the European Foundation for Quality in E-Learning, the leading international network in the field of quality in education and is open for individual members, academic and non-academic institutions, and corporations. EFQUEL’s services cover training, review services and conformity checks for higher education and other educational organisations and consulting, as well as certification through EFQUEL’s E-Quality Label. EFQUEL is an Associate Member of ICDE.

EFQUEL website

 10 June 2013

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