Technological developments and tertiary education delivery models - the arrival of MOOCs: Massive Open Online Courses

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Author: Shrivastava, Avinash; Guiney, Peter


This paper aims to assist the New Zealand Ministry of Education, the Tertiary Education Commission and other decision-makers in the tertiary education sector to gain a better understanding of the newer technology-enabled delivery models. It will also allow them to consider the impacts and the implications of them on learners, employers, tertiary education institutions and government. The paper uses the example of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) and their associated trends, opportunities and challenges as a case study to illustrate these impacts and implications. It is a discussion...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Teaching and learning; Technology; Policy; Research; Tertiary education

Keywords: Online learning; Open learning; Distance learning; Delivery system; Flexible delivery; Technological change; Case study; Policy formation

Geographic subjects: New Zealand; Oceania

Published: Wellington, New Zealand: Tertiary Education Commission, 2014

Physical description: 42 p.

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ISBN: 9780478320305 (electronic)

Resource type: Discussion paper

Rights: Crown Copyright. This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 New Zealand licence. You are free to copy, distribute, and adapt the work, as long as you attribute the work to the Tertiary Education Commission and abide by the other licence terms. Please note you may not use any departmental or governmental emblem, logo, or coat of arms in any way that infringes any provision of the Flags, Emblems, and Names Protection Act 1981. To view a copy of the licence visit:

Document number: TD/TNC 116.1263

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