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A strategic response to MOOCs: What role should governments play?
Brown, Mark · Costello, Eamon · Giolla-Mhichil, Mairead Nic

PublishedNovember 2016
ConferenceShow Me The Learning. Proceedings ASCILITE 2016 Adelaide
Pages 86-96
EditorsBarker, Sandy · Dawson, Shane · Pardo, Abelardo · Colvin, Cassandra
CountryAustralia, Oceania

ABSTRACT
This paper asks the question what role should governments play in supporting a strategic response to the Massive Online Course (MOOC) movement? It describes the growth of MOOCs in Europe and reports on the Irish experience as a case study to discuss whether or not a more formal policy response is required to harness the potential of new models of open and online learning to promote wider access to higher education. Ireland is used to illustrate how different institutions have chosen to respond to MOOCs by tracing the history of several first generation initiatives. The response of government agencies and policy-makers is then discussed in the context of a number of high-level policy initiatives. Set against the backdrop of a lack of serious policy engagement in the development of MOOCs, the paper concludes by explaining why Dublin City University (DCU) has chosen to launch Ireland’s Open Learning Academy.

Keywords Dublin City University · Ireland · MOOCs · Open Learning Academy · strategic drivers

Published atAdelaide
RefereedYes
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