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Pages: 2578-2589
Publication year: 2014
ISBN: 978-84-617-2484-0
ISSN: 2340-1095

Conference name: 7th International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation
Dates: 17-19 November, 2014
Location: Seville, Spain

USING THE 12 DS FRAMEWORK TO DESCRIBE MOOCS

G. Conole1, F. Pozzi2

1University of Leicester (UNITED KINGDOM)
2CNR (ITALY)
Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) have emerged challenging traditional educational offerings by providing alternative learning solutions for free.

Arguably, they are an example of a disruptive technology, which have the potential to change the educational landscape.

This paper describes the MOOC phenomenon and defines its concept, by considering the numerous variants that have emerged so far.
The paper looks at the existing classifications and taxonomies, as they have been proposed in the literature, and highlights some drawbacks; it then illustrates a classification of MOOCs based on 12 dimensions (Conole, 2013).

Then the paper focuses on one specific country, namely Italy, who has not remained uninterested in this phenomenon: indeed MOOCs have started attracting a certain interest at both the academic and decision maker’s levels; besides, in this country some MOOC offerings have already been launched.

The classification is used to analyse to exemplar courses run in Italy and thus to reflect on the potential uptake of MOOCs in Italy.
The paper discusses the kind of impact MOOCs could have on the Italian universities, by pointing out the main existing barriers, as well as the enablers, which may respectively prevent or encourage an immediate uptake of MOOCs in the country.

Lastly, the paper discusses the 12 Ds schema and points out its main strengths and weaknesses as a conceptual tool to analyse the MOOC phenomenon.
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title = {USING THE 12 DS FRAMEWORK TO DESCRIBE MOOCS},
series = {7th International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation},
booktitle = {ICERI2014 Proceedings},
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G. Conole, F. Pozzi (2014) USING THE 12 DS FRAMEWORK TO DESCRIBE MOOCS, ICERI2014 Proceedings, pp. 2578-2589.
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