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massive open online course

Miquel Porta

Edited by John M. Last

in A Dictionary of Public Health

Second edition


Published online May 2018 | e-ISBN: 9780191844386

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An online course for learning about some topic, open to anyone and made available over the Internet without charge; it is now common for such courses to have several thousand students from over 100 countries. Note that it would take at least a couple of decades for some university professors to reach such a large audience. Exchange of ideas and discussion of course issues is often quite personalized. The cognitive bases of the courses, many aspects of their design, and the techniques of delivery and interaction are quite novel and sophisticated. Of course, lucky enough, other aspects are as old as mankind. An evolution of “distance education,” first introduced around ...

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Subjects: Medicine and Health ; Public Health and Epidemiology

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