Thursday, March 6, 2014

MOOC Book Project

If you're going to write a book about MOOCs then the obvious method to use is to crowdsource it, in other words ask the world to help you. That's what the MOOC Book Project is all about. They propose an outline for the book chapters and invite interested authors to submit an abstract by the end of March. From those abstracts the editors, Dr. Joseph Rene Corbeil (Associate Professor, University of Texas at Brownsville), Dr. Maria Elena Corbeil (Associate Professor, University of Texas at Brownsville) and Dr. Badrul H. Khan (Honorary Distinguished Professor of E-Learning, Egyptian E-Learning University) will then select the best prospects and invite them to submit full chapters by the end of June. The chapters will be then subject to a double blind peer review as in most scientific journals. If all goes to plan the book should be out by mid-2015.

The book will examine MOOCs with case studies investigating the following eight dimensions:

  • Pedagogical - teaching and learning in a MOOC.
  • Technological - infrastructure, scalability etc.
  • Interface design - look and feel of the platform.
  • Evaluation - assessment methods etc.
  • Management - maintenance and distribution.
  • Resource support - online support and resources.
  • Ethical considerations - diversity, accessibility.
  • Institutional - administration, academic affairs.

This book will focus on cases describing issues or challenges experienced by IT and e-learning practitioners, faculty, or students during the design, development and implementation of, or participation in, a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC). Using Khan’s eight-dimensional E-Learning Framework, authors are invited to submit chapter proposals for cases addressing one (or more) dimensions of the framework. Through analysis, reflection, and discussion of illustrative MOOC cases, missteps in the design and delivery of future MOOCs can be minimized or avoided.

This is an interesting venture and I look forward to following its progress.


  1. Hi Alastair

    I agree - -crowd sourcing is a great approach. Pity that, as far as I can see, the publisher doesn't appear to have a history of publishing openly licensed texts :-(. Let's hope that this MOOC book project will consider an open license.

  2. An open book would be the logical result but I suspect they will go for the traditional model. I thought of suggesting a MOOB - Massive Open Online Book.
    Still it's an interesting venture nevertheless.