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Gerhard Fischer: Massively Open Online Courses (MOOCs) as Components of Rich Landscapes of Learning


  • Fischer, G. (2014). Beyond Hype and Underestimation: Identifying Research Challenges for the Future of MOOCs. Distance Education Journal (Commentary for a Special Issue "MOOCS: Emerging Research"), 35(2), 149-158. [Online]

Additional reading

  • Illich, I. (1971). Deschooling Society. Harper and Row: New York. — specifically Chapter 6: "Learning Webs". [Online]
  • Fischer, G. (2014). Promises, Limitations and Synergies of Rich Learning Landscapes—Exploring Frames of Reference for MOOCs. [Online]
  • A Hype article:
    "Learning in the Digital Age", Scientific American. [Online]
  • An "Underestimation" Article
    Vardi, M. Y. (2012). Will MOOCs Destroy Academia?. Communications of the ACM (CACM), 55(11), 5.

  • Attention from the Media at Large (beyond the narrow confines of academia)
    Friedman, T. L. (2013). The Professors' Big Stage. New York Times, March 5. [Online]

Examples of interesting MOOC courses

  • Peter Norvig and Sebastian Thrun: "Intro to Artificial Intelligence — Learn the Fundamentals of AI"; [Online]
    (<-- the course that got xMOOCs started as 160,000 students signed up for it)

  • Michael Sandel (Harvard): "Justice" [Online]
    (<-- a course taught at Harvard and made available as a MOOC based on the well-known book:
    Sandel, M. J. (2009). Justice — What's the Right Thing to Do?. Farrar, Straus and Giroux: New York.)