International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning

« Special Issue: Towards a European perspective on Massive Open Online Courses. Vol 16, No 6 (2015)

We are very pleased to present this selection of valuable papers that respond to our call. To begin with, three papers take on the broadest claims that are attached to MOOCs. The claim “education for all,” as analyzed by Matthias Rohs and Mario Ganz at the Technical University of Kaiserslautern (Germany), reveals that MOOCs are mostly beneficial to those with a high level of academic competence (Matthew effect). Building on Knowledge Gap Theory and the Digital Divide concept, Rohs and Ganz further elaborate on their findings and provide explanation for to provide causes of different usage. (…) »