Heuristics for ethical development and use of MOOCs

Rahanu, Harjinder and Georgiadou, Elli and Siakas, Kerstin V. (2017) Heuristics for ethical development and use of MOOCs. In: British Computer Society INSPIRE 2017 conference, 11 April 2017, Southampton Solent University, United Kingdom.

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Abstract

It is widely acknowledged that technology offers a chance to redefine, or at least change, learning and education for the better. Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) can be defined as learning events that are conducted via the Web, which can accommodate large numbers of people, typically ranging from a few hundreds of participants to over a hundred thousand. A classification of MOOCs suggests that there are two general types: xMOOCs and cMOOCs. Different types of MOOCS require different levels of participatory literacy skills, motivation and self-determination. Although it is recognised that MOOCs embody a potentially exciting opportunity to use technology to realize many benefits of universal higher education there are also significant ethical concerns that arise in their development and deployment.
In this paper we customize a theoretical framework developed by the US Content Subcommittee of the ImpactCS Steering Committee that specifies traditional moral and ethical concepts, which can be used to cater for the teaching and learning of the social, legal and ethical issues concerning MOOCs. An application of these conventional and generic ethical concepts can help flag issues, amongst others, such as: intellectual and pedagogical integrity; privacy, identity, and anonymity; intellectual property rights and plagiarism; and the digital divide. In the design and utilisation of MOOCs developers, content authors, tutors and participants must be aware of these ethical and moral concepts, as presented in this paper, in order to become more responsible professionals and citizens in general. We propose a set of heuristics for ethical development and deployment of MOOCs.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Research Areas: A. > School of Science and Technology > Computer Science
Item ID: 21893
Notes on copyright: The author accepted manuscript is made available in this repository with permission. The published version is availble at: http://www.bcs.org/upload/pdf/inspire-2017-proceedings.pdf
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Depositing User: Harjinder Rahanu
Date Deposited: 05 Jun 2017 15:25
Last Modified: 07 Dec 2018 08:22
URI: http://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/21893

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