The MOOC Quality Project

The MOOC Quality Project will ask 12 experts in 12 weeks for their best thinking on MOOCs and quality.

MOOCs represent the latest stage in the evolution of open educational resources. First was open access to course content, and then access to free online courses. Accredited institutions are now accepting MOOCs as well as free courses and experiential learning as partial credit toward a degree. The next disruptor will likely mark a tipping point: an entirely free online curriculum leading to a degree from an accredited institution.

MOOCs are moving from an early entrepreneurial stage into the reality of more and more educational institutions. Gaining participants, visibility and a growing community worldwide in many occasions the question rises to the surface: Are MOOCs the new model of online education for all? Are they fit to democratize education? and above all – what is a good quality MOOC?

The MOOC Quality Project, an initiative of the European Foundation for Quality in E-Learning (www.efquel.org),  addresses the latter question not by trying to find one answer which fits all, but by trying to stimulate a discourse on the issue of Quality of MOOCs. A series of BlogPosts  of worldwide visible experts and entrepreneurs  of MOOCs  will address the issue from each particpant’s viewpoint. After each BlogPost we will allow a one week period of time to react and comment on the post made available. At the end of the week  the discussion will be shortly summarized and made available to all.

The Projectwill start early May.  Each Wednesday you will find a new post, with a length of 1000-1500 words maximum length.

We are looking forward to this exciting and hopefully  lively debate,

Ulf-Daniel Ehlers & Ebba Ossiannilsson & Alastair Crelman
for EFQUEL (www.efquel.org)

As wonderful reference infomration on the current development please find the graph below from edudemic.com:

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About Ulf-Daniel Ehlers

Prof. Dr Ulf-Daniel Ehlers is Vicepresident for Quality and Academic Affairs at the Baden Wurttemberg-State University in Stuttgart, Germany. He has been appointed Professor for Educational Management and Lifelong Learning at the same university. Before he has held positions as Associate Professor in the Duisburg-Essen, Germany, Professor for Technology Enhanced Learning in the University Augsburg, and Associate Professor of the Graduate School for Management and Technology of the University of Maryland University College. Ulf is an educational scientist and holds degrees in English Language, Social Sciences and Educational Sciences from the University of Bielefeld, where he finished his Ph.D. with honors in the field of Technology Enhanced Learning in 2003, and was awarded his habilitation in 2008 from the University of Duisburg-Essen. He has created many international, European and national projects and is President of the European Foundation for Quality in E-Learning, Vicepresident of the of the Society for Media in Science as well as serving on advisory board to several professional associations in the field.
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