Mie Buhl, Lars Birch Andreasen, Pushpanadham Karanam

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Prof. Karanam Pushpanadham (The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda)
Prof. Mie Buhl (Aalborg University)
Associate Prof. Lars Birch Andreasen (Aalborg University)


Education at all levels can shape the world of tomorrow, equipping individuals and societies with the skills, perspectives, knowledge and values to live and work. Today, as the world becomes increasingly interconnected, interdependent and globalized, higher education is critical for the achievement of economic, political and social development. Without adequate higher education and research institutions and a critical mass of skilled and educated people, no society can ensure genuine sustainable development (UNESCO, 1998).
Information and Communication Technologies have entailed changes in the conditions for teaching and learning. New technologies do not in themselves guarantee increased quality of learning, but they offer new possibilities and new choices, at institutional levels as well as in specific situations of teaching and learning. E-learning approaches have emerged from being separate initiatives on the fringe to being integrated parts of higher education. With the large-scale development of massive open online courses, MOOCs, new questions have arisen in relation to the planning, organizing and carrying out of the teaching situation. The classical pedagogical questions of what? (content), how? (methods), why? (purpose), and who? (participants) have been supplemented by questions of when? and where? (time and space), by which? (choice of resources), through which? (technologies), and others.
This paper will discuss to what extent MOOCs form new conditions for the development of instructional designs/learning designs? We will address the concepts of instructional design, educational design, and learning design, which have different roots, but in their current use they may overlap and offer new possibilities of thinking educational development (Mor et al., 2015). The paper will highlight the changing landscape of learning in higher education in Europe and Asia through discussions of specific MOOC courses, e.g. in India as part of an initiative where universities include MOOCs as part of their regular programme.
Key Words: MOOCs, e-Learning, Instructional Design, Learning Design.
Original languageEnglish
Publication date5 Oct 2016
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 5 Oct 2016
EventMOOCs in lifelong learning - Aarhus University, Copenhagen, Denmark
Duration: 5 Oct 2016 → …


ConferenceMOOCs in lifelong learning
LocationAarhus University
Period05/10/2016 → …
  • Collaborative research project on MOOCs - E-asem

    Buhl, M., Andreasen, L. B., Lee, T., Wang, Y., Abdol Latif, L., Fadzil, M., Nordin, N., Jaafar, A., Nasongkhla, J., Thammetar, T., Gervacio, J. L., Phuspanadham, K., Yamada, T., Jaurena, I. G., Birzinna, R., Stracke, C., Pawlowski, J., Kovacova, J. & Pistovcakova, A.


    Project: Research

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