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2013, ¹ 1

Panchenko L. F. Massive Open Online Course as an Alternative Way of Advanced Training for Higher Educational Establishment Professors

Panchenko L. F., Doctor of Pedagogical Sciences, Full Professor, Department of Theoretical and Applied Information Science, Luhansk Taras Shevchenko National University.

The article discusses the importance of university professors’ advanced training as one of the possible ways of the realization of the “lifelong learning” strategy. It focuses on the educational potential of the massive open online course (MOOC) phenomenon as an alternative form of the advanced training of the faculty. The analysis is conducted on the basis of the content analysis of several projects (Coursera, Udacity, edX, etc.), as well as author’s own experience of participation in the courses Machine Learning (Stanford University), Model Thinking (University of Michigan), Social Network Analysis (University of Michigan), and Computing for Data Analysis (John Hopkins University) in 2012. Two varieties of MOOC (ñMOOC and õMOOC) are compared, the dynamics of “Coursera”, “Udacity”, “edX” search engine enquiry frequency is analysed, and the pedagogical foundations of the platforms for massive on-line courses are examined. The author describes the structure of lectures and quizes used in the courses and determines the principal features of active learning methodology embedded in MOOC. An example of the latter is short video lectures with built-in quizes, tests, and assignments to follow up on every topic of the course, efficient feedback, message board participation, peer help, and peer assessment. Peer assessment criteria used in Analysis of Social Networks course are examined.

Key words: massive open online course, advanced training for university professors, Coursera, Udacity, edX.


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