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Beyond the MOOC Hype: Definitions, Tips, Benefits & Challenges


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Beyond the MOOC Hype: Definitions, Tips, Benefits & Challenges


Much ado has been made about Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) over the past year, but little has been shared about how community colleges can make the most of them. Generally, MOOCs are considered to be classes delivered online and available to thousands of students at a time, usually for free and for no credit. They incorporate principles from several learning theories, such as large group instruction, collaborative learning, and peer-to-peer learning. However, MOOCs offered through elite universities such as edX, Udacity, and Coursera differ from typical online courses in significant ways. Most notably, MOOCs have served as a catalyst for challenging traditional lecture-based and textbook-centric instruction and revitalizing credit-by-examination efforts.

In this webinar, Judy Baker, dean of online learning at Foothill College, will discuss the nuances and unintended consequences of MOOCs. Christina Royal, associate vice president of eLearning and innovation at Cuyahoga Community College, will describe the goals and details of their project to develop a basic skills math MOOC funded by a $50,000 Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation grant. Participants will leave with tips for designing a developmental education or basic skills MOOC at their institution.


  • Distinguish between various types of MOOCs
  • Learn the difference between MOOCs, open educational resources, and open courseware
  • Identify the benefits and challenges of MOOC implementation and development
  • Understand the implications for MOOCs in higher education
  • Analyze the feasibility and appropriateness of MOOC implementation and development at their own institutions

Who should attend?

  • 2-year & 4-year institutions
  • Academic Affairs/Instruction
  • Student Services/Affairs
  • Online Learning
  • Faculty (full and part-time)
  • Anyone interested in learning about MOOCs in higher education