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MOOCs and educational value
Waks, Leonard J.

PublishedOctober 2016
Book titleThe Evolution and Evaluation of Massive Open Online Courses: MOOCs in Motion
Chapter 1, Pages 1-10
SeriesThe Cultural and Social Foundations of Education
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan US
CountryUnited States, North America

The term 'educational value' may be used to refer to several distinct kinds of value, which fit together in a complex pattern. This chapter reviews the most important kinds of value and then constructs a conception of educational value suitable for assessing the value of MOOCs as educational instruments. The key kinds of value of enduring importance in education are technical value – being good at various intellectual and practical arts, and use value – being good for some end. One subspecies of use value – beneficiality or being good for the good of a being – is of particular importance. Good education conduces to technical goodness that benefits learners. The book then addresses the twin questions: can MOOCs contribute to goodness at intellectual and practical arts, and are MOOCs beneficial – in the broadest sense – for learners?

Keywords educational benefits · educational value

Published atNew York
RefereedDoes not apply
Rights© The Author(s) 2016
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