Research and analysis

Massive open online courses and online distance learning: review

Provides an overview of recent reports, writings and opinion on massive open online courses (MOOCs). BIS research paper number 130



This report updates our knowledge on the development and impact of massive open online courses on learners and institutions at further education and higher education level. The study assessed available literature from various sources, including academic research articles and formal comprehensive reviews; blog posts; commentary and journalistic coverage. It concludes that massive open online courses are likely to become a standard element of university education with new teaching and learning methods that provide revenue and lower costs. A major challenge is finding suitable business models.

Published 18 September 2013