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Invasion of the MOOCs: The promises and perils of Massive Open Online Courses
Barlow, Aaron · Bayne, Siân · Carbone, Nick · Clinnin, Kaitlin · Comer, Denise K. · Decker, Glenna L. · Delagrange, Susan · DeWitt, Scott Lloyd · Grabill, Jeffrey T. · Gibbs, Laura · Halasek, Kay · Hart-Davidson, Bill · Head, Karen · Kauza, Jacqueline · Knox, Jeremy · Krause, Steven D. · Levine, Alan · Lowe, Charles · Macleod, Hamish · McCorkle, Ben · Michaels, Jennifer · Porter, James E. · Reid, Alexander · Rice, Jeff · Ross, Jen · Samuels, Bob · Selfe, Cynthia L. · Sinclair, Christine · Syapin, Melissa · White, Edward M. · Woodworth, Elizabeth D. · Young, Heather Noel

PublisherParlor Press
EditorsKrause, Steven D. and Lowe, Charles

Invasion of the MOOCs: The Promise and Perils of Massive Open Online Courses is one of the first collections of essays about the phenomenon of “Massive Online Open Courses.” Unlike accounts in the mainstream media and educational press, Invasion of the MOOCs is not written from the perspective of removed administrators, would-be education entrepreneurs/venture capitalists, or political pundits. Rather, this collection of essays comes from faculty who developed and taught MOOCs in 2012 and 2013, students who participated in those MOOCs, and academics and observers who have first hand experience with MOOCs and higher education. These twenty-one essays reflect the complexity of the very definition of what is (and what might in the near future be) a “MOOC,” along with perspectives and opinions that move far beyond the polarizing debate about MOOCs that has occupied the media in previous accounts. Toward that end, Invasion of the MOOCs reflects a wide variety of impressions about MOOCs from the most recent past and projects possibilities about MOOCs for the not so distant future.

"Introduction: Building on the Tradition of CCK08" by Charles Lowe
"MOOCology 1.0" by Glenna L. Decker
"Framing Questions about MOOCs and Writing Courses" by James E. Porter
"A MOOC or Not a MOOC: ds106 Questions the Form" by Alan Levine
"Why We Are Thinking About MOOC" by Jeffrey T. Grabill
"The Hidden Costs of MOOCs" by Karen Head
"Coursera: Fifty Ways to Fix the Software (with apologies to Paul Simon)" by Laura Gibbs
"Being Present in a University Writing Course: A Case Against MOOCs" by Bob Samuels
"Another Colonialist Tool?" by Aaron Barlow
"MOOCversations: Commonplaces as Argument" by Jeff Rice
"MOOC Feedback: Pleasing All the People?" by Jeremy Knox, Jen Ross, Christine Sinclair, Hamish Macleod, and Siân Bayne
"More Questions than Answers: Scratching at the Surface of MOOCs in Higher Educatio" by Jacqueline Kauza
"Those Moot MOOCs: My MOOC Experience" by Melissa Syapin
"MOOC Assigned" by Steven D. Krause
"Learning How to Teach … Differently: Extracts from a MOOC Instructor’s Journal" by Denise K. Comer
"MOOC as Threat and Promise" by Edward M. White
"A MOOC With a View: How MOOCs Encourage Us to Reexamine Pedagogical Doxa" by Kay Halasek, Ben McCorkle, Cynthia L. Selfe, Scott Lloyd DeWitt, Susan Delagrange, Jennifer Michaels, and Kaitlin Clinnin
"Putting the U in MOOCs: The Importance of Usability in Course Design" by Heather Noel Young
“'I open at the close': A Post-MOOC Meta-Happening Reflection and What I’m Going to Do About Tha" by Elizabeth D. Woodworth
"Here a MOOC, There a MOOC" by Nick Carbone
"Writing and Learning with Feedback Machines" by Alexander Reid
"Learning Many-to-Many: The Best Case for Writing in Digital Environments" by Bill Hart-Davidson
"After the Invasion: What’s Next for MOOCs?" by Steven D. Krause

Keywords MOOC pedagogy · the future of MOOCs

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