Lowenthal, P. R., & Hodges, C. B. (2015). In Search of Quality: Using Quality Matters to Analyze the Quality of Massive, Open, Online Courses (MOOCs). The International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning, 16(5), 83-101.
The concept of the massive, open, online course (MOOC) is not new, but high-profile initiatives have moved them into the forefront of higher education news over the past few years. Members of institutions of higher education have mixed feelings about MOOCs, ranging from those who want to offer college credit for the successful completion of MOOCs to those who fear MOOCs are the end of the university as we know it. We set forth to investigate the quality of MOOCs by using the Quality Matters quality control framework. In this paper, we present the results of our inquiry, with a specific focus on the implications the results have on day-to-day practice of designing online courses.
Keywords: Massive Open Online Courses, MOOCs, Online Learning, Course Quality, Instructional Design, Quality Matters, Quality Assurance