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The medium is the message: on the emergence of autonomous learning, MOOCs, and technology-enabled active learning

Chapter


Abstract


  • This chapter begins by exploring McLuhan's ideas in more depth before examining trends in education of which autonomous learning, Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), and other forms of technology-enabled active learning are contemporary manifestations. The transfer of Higher Education (HE) costs to those who consume them is euphemistically called cost-sharing. Societies are increasingly questioning who benefits most from HE and coming to the conclusion that it is the students who benefit most. As a result, students are being asked to pay a higher and higher proportion of the costs. Faculty are caught in the middle of an ever-tightening bind. Their students are customers and evermore demanding and critical. While the technological changes make so much more possible on a micro-level, they bring with them much greater competition. MOOCs allow students the opportunity to "try before they buy", to sample the teaching before committing to a university for a qualification.

Publication Date


  • 2017

Citation


  • Billsberry, J. & Brown, K. G. (2017). The medium is the message: on the emergence of autonomous learning, MOOCs, and technology-enabled active learning. In J. E. Ellingson & R. A. Noe (Eds.), Autonomous learning in the workplace (pp. 237-260). New York, United States: Routledge. https://www.taylorfrancis.com/books/e/9781315674131

International Standard Book Number (isbn) 13


  • 9781138940734

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-85025679965

Book Title


  • Autonomous learning in the workplace

Has Global Citation Frequency


Start Page


  • 237

End Page


  • 260

Place Of Publication


  • New York, United States

Abstract


  • This chapter begins by exploring McLuhan's ideas in more depth before examining trends in education of which autonomous learning, Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), and other forms of technology-enabled active learning are contemporary manifestations. The transfer of Higher Education (HE) costs to those who consume them is euphemistically called cost-sharing. Societies are increasingly questioning who benefits most from HE and coming to the conclusion that it is the students who benefit most. As a result, students are being asked to pay a higher and higher proportion of the costs. Faculty are caught in the middle of an ever-tightening bind. Their students are customers and evermore demanding and critical. While the technological changes make so much more possible on a micro-level, they bring with them much greater competition. MOOCs allow students the opportunity to "try before they buy", to sample the teaching before committing to a university for a qualification.

Publication Date


  • 2017

Citation


  • Billsberry, J. & Brown, K. G. (2017). The medium is the message: on the emergence of autonomous learning, MOOCs, and technology-enabled active learning. In J. E. Ellingson & R. A. Noe (Eds.), Autonomous learning in the workplace (pp. 237-260). New York, United States: Routledge. https://www.taylorfrancis.com/books/e/9781315674131

International Standard Book Number (isbn) 13


  • 9781138940734

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-85025679965

Book Title


  • Autonomous learning in the workplace

Has Global Citation Frequency


Start Page


  • 237

End Page


  • 260

Place Of Publication


  • New York, United States