Develop and Implement MOOCs Unit: A Pedagogical Instruction for Academics, Case Study

  • Eugenia Smyrnova-TrybulskaEmail author
  • Elspeth McKay
  • Nataliia Morze
  • Olga Yakovleva
  • Tomayess Issa
  • Theodora Issa
Part of the Critical Studies of Education book series (CSOE, volume 10)


The massive open online course (MOOC) movement is the latest “big thing” in open and distance learning (ODL). Many users around of the world are interested in MOOCs. At the same time, numerous questions are still without answers: formal aspects of participation in MOOCs; the type of motivation on the part of students for participation in MOOCs; quality of MOOCs; students’ opinions about type, structure, contents and communication in MOOCs; and other aspects. The authors of this article have conducted analyses of selected aspects of MOOCs in Europe, Russia and in Australia. They considered the following aspects: what is MOOC, the history and key features of MOOCs, MOOC types, cMOOCs, xMOOCs MOOCs and open education timeline, MOOC style and motivations benefits as well as challenges for MOOC. The authors also looked at pedagogy, quality, assessments and credit, sustainability, MOOC implementation, implications for high education including policy, as well as presenting and analysing the research results of a survey conducted among students of several countries within the framework of the European Union project IRNet (


MOOC cMOOCs xMOOCs ODL Quality Structure Contents Communication Implementation Higher education The QUEST interactive test analysis system 



The research leading to these results has received, within the framework of the IRNet project, funding from the People Programme (Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions) of the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme FP7/2007-2013/under REA grant agreement No: PIRSES-GA-2013-612536 and statutory research.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Eugenia Smyrnova-Trybulska
    • 1
    Email author
  • Elspeth McKay
    • 2
  • Nataliia Morze
    • 3
  • Olga Yakovleva
    • 4
  • Tomayess Issa
    • 5
  • Theodora Issa
    • 5
  1. 1.University of Silesia in KatowiceKatowicePoland
  2. 2.RMIT UniversityMelbourneAustralia
  3. 3.Borys Grinchenko University in KyivKyivUkraine
  4. 4.Herzen State Pedagogical University of RussiaSt. PetersburgRussia
  5. 5.School of Management, Faculty of Business and LawCurtin UniversityPerthAustralia

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