The MOOCs: origin, characterization, principal problems and challenges in Higher Education

Lourdes Normandi Atiaja Atiaja, Rey Segundo Guerrero Proenza

Abstract


MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) are an innovation that have attracted public academic attention in recent times, and which have resulted in the evolution of e-learning (electronic learning) and so far have not achieved their expectations in Higher Education. This is due to the fact that from the outset these courses have faced a number of problems and questions regarding their acceptance, credibility, quality, methods of assessment, learning outcomes and more; which has generated controversy among their opponents, fans and even the creators of MOOCs. This work forms part of a doctoral investigation; in essence these are the results of the preliminary and exploratory stages in the research process, in which projections on the solution of some problems will be included. MOOCs: Their evolution, problems and challenges up to 2015, will surely help to minimize the high dropout rates of students in MOOCs, supported by mobile technology.

Keywords


MOOC; e-learning; disruptive innovation; lifelong learning; digital learning

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.20368/1971-8829/1093



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