- Apr 2015
MOOCs tend to attract those with already a high level of education, rather than widen access
MOOCs widen access for those who already have some higher level education and are looking for professional and intellectual development. Thus already privileged groups are getting better access to more educational resources.
a counterargument: MOOCs can be locally used as a well structured educational resource by local development organizations to serve the underprivileged groups; this will not become a social mobility device, but can potentially serve as a mass literacy tool (including various forms of literacy - basic elements of critical thinking; basic statistics, essential ecological literacy skills.
locally implemented MOOCs can become a valuable alternative to one-directional broadcasts, a way to organize local developments basing on scientific knowledge and research as opposed to propaganda and superstiions
A SPOC represents a blended teaching approach that utilizes the power of online platforms in a more intimate, traditional course setting. In many cases, the online content is not created by the instructor teaching the face-to-face portion of the course but rather is adopted from a MOOC."