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Perceptions of socio-ethical stances surrounding massive online open courses

Kernohan, David; Rolfe, Vivien


David Kernohan

Vivien Rolfe


Open education provides opportunities for anyone with digital access to engage in learning far beyond the classroom and throughout their lives, although this notion is not without challenges. When learners formally enrol on a course with an institution they are under the jurisdiction of academic policies, and are immersed in the cultural norms of their community, which are both motivational and supportive. For distance learning where students are enrolled but isolated, the transfer of academic values is more troublesome (1). For “open” learners, either using open educational resources (OERs) or massive online open courses (MOOCs), students are autonomous and even more isolated from institutions and communities.


Kernohan, D., & Rolfe, V. (2014, November). Perceptions of socio-ethical stances surrounding massive online open courses. Paper presented at Open Education Conference 2014 (OpenEd)

Presentation Conference Type Conference Paper (unpublished)
Conference Name Open Education Conference 2014 (OpenEd)
Start Date Nov 19, 2014
End Date Nov 21, 2014
Publication Date Nov 19, 2014
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Keywords MOOCs, massive online open courses, socio-ethical stances, education ethics
Publisher URL
Additional Information Title of Conference or Conference Proceedings : Open Education Conference 2014 (OpenEd)


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