Boom-bust of MOOC platforms: crisis of an eLearning model?


This paper presents an evaluation of the main Mooc platforms from the point of view of instructional design. The main focus is on the models and strategies that educational organizations are promoting for these e-learning products. The result of the evaluation shows that there are flaws in the results for the high rates of dropping-out by users, and the limited scope in the allegedly massive global access or the digital divide detected between the different groups of user profiles. These problems could be explained by a deficit in the approach of the pedagogical models used for its design and construction.

Keywords: Massive online open courses, e-learning, digital divide, educational dropping-out, educational software, instructional design.

Raquel Poy, Audilio Gonzales-Aguilar