PurposeThe purpose of this paper is to present a comparison of two ways of developing and delivering massive open online courses (MOOCs). One was developed by The Open University in collaboration with FutureLearn; the other was developed independently by a small team at the Northampton University.Design/methodology/approachThe different approaches had very different profiles of pedagogic flexibility, cost, development processes, institutional support and participant numbers.FindingsMOOCs on existing large platforms can reach thousands of people, but constrain pedagogical choice. Self-made MOOCs have smaller audiences but can target them more effectively.Originality/valueThis comparison shows that, several years after MOOCs became prominent, there are many viable approaches for MOOCs.
The International Journal of Information and Learning Technology – Emerald Publishing
Published: Mar 6, 2017