Section 1. Introduction to LMOOCs


Section 1. Introduction to LMOOCs


Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) is a challenging and brand new phenomenon in the framework of related models of formal instruction, informal learning and lifelong education. Different MOOCs, particularly Language MOOCs (LMOOCs), generate expectation and interest among university educators. LMOOCs can be defined as web-based courses for foreign languages with free access and usually unlimited enrollment. The idea of MOOC appeared some time ago and courses with such features have existed for a certain period of time before the term “MOOC” was applied in 2008 (Siemens, 2012). MOOCs are presumably the natural development of Open Educational Resources (OERs) – freely accessible learning resources to be used for teaching or learning assessment.

MOOCs have a great influence on the Internet educational society with, with thousands of learners indertaking web-based courses around the world. LMOOCs on online platforms available worldwide range from the big MOOC providers (e.g. edX, Coursera, Udacity) to the smaller ones which operate on single institution’s platform. These institutions are prestigious universities such as Univerity of Reading (the UK), University of New South Wales (Australia), University of California (the USA), Tecnologico de Monterrey (Mexico), UNED (Spain). The distribution of LMOOCs according to their countries of origin is shown in Figure 1.1.


Figure 1.1: Countries offering LMOOCs











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