MOOCs and Developing Regions: from Adoption to Adaptations
2014 (English)In: Department of Computer and Systems Sciences, Writers Hut 2014, August 21-22, Åkersberga, Stockholm: Department of Computer and Systems Sciences, Stockholm University , 2014Conference paper (Refereed)
MOOCs or Massive Open Online Courses have emerged in the discourse of the present day higher education as a solution for the 21st century educational challenges. This paper discusses how realistic and appropriate the original ideas of MOOCs are in the wider, global context, particularly in the context of developing regions. Do MOOCs promote democratization of education by making it accessible to all? Or do they reinforce educational hegemony of the Western world thus constituting a further link in the history of cultural imperialism of the global North over the global South? We will argue in this paper that in order to open up education through MOOCs, local adaptations are required. The contextualization of MOOCs, particularly pedagogical and linguistic considerations, are examined and design recommendations formulated.
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Stockholm: Department of Computer and Systems Sciences, Stockholm University , 2014.
, DSV report series, ISSN 1101-8526 ; 14-019
MOOCs, developing regions, intercultural education, pedagogy, language, adaptation
MOOC, utvecklingsregioner, interkulturalitet, undervisning
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IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-111024ISBN: 978-91-637-7457-7OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-111024DiVA: diva2:773809