Innovative Pedagogy at Massive Scale: Teaching and Learning in MOOCs

  • Rebecca Ferguson
  • Mike Sharples
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 8719)


This paper looks at the implications for pedagogy of education at a massive scale. It begins by looking at educational approaches designed or adapted to be effective for large numbers of learners: direct instruction, networked learning, connectivism, supported open learning, and conversational learning at scale. It goes on to identify benefits and challenges of teaching and learning at scale. A grounded approach was used to analyse data from 18 MOOCs run on the UK-based FutureLearn platform. This identified benefits and challenges for learners, for educators and for society as a whole. These need to be addressed in two ways, through learning design and through platform design.


MOOCs pedagogy massive scale open learning 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rebecca Ferguson
    • 1
  • Mike Sharples
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Educational TechnologyThe Open UniversityUK

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