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MOOCs for Learners

resources for participants in Massive Open Online Courses

Getting Started

  • The University Libraries supports learners who are participating in MOOCs (massive open online courses).
  • This guide will help you to locate resources related to MOOCS and get started on your coursework and research.


  • MOOCs are often associated with Open Educational Resources (OERs) as they are theoretically focused on Open Education.
  • The main feature of OERs is their open licenses, allowing for the possibility of use and reuse.
    • OERs are teaching, learning and research materials in any medium that reside in the public domain and have been released under an open license that permits access, use, repurposing, reuse and redistribution by others with no or limited restrictions (Atkins, Brown & Hammond, 2007).
  • Although MOOCs are offered with open education access and are mainly free, their key distinction from OERs is that their contents are not necessarily released with open licenses.

What is a MOOC?

  • This 4:26 minute closed captioned video is a description of what a MOOC is. By Dave Cormier.

Success in a MOOC

  • This 4:16 minute closed captioned video is a description of the steps that will help you succeed in a MOOC. By Dave Cormier.