The Making of a #MOOC at University of Amsterdam


AriedenBoonEditor’s note: The guest entry below was kindly submitted by Arie K. den Boon (PhD), visiting professor of the Department of Communication Science and organizer of the first MOOC of the University of Amsterdam. Arie K. den Boon (pictured to the right) is also founder of StartupPush (with Paul Eikelenboom), GfKDaphne, and June Systems. My thanks to Dr. den Boon and the senior leadership of the University of Amsterdam for enabling our readers to better understand some of the developmental dynamics of MOOCs outside of the US. This entry should also be viewed in the context of nascent debates about the uneven global geographies of MOOCs — a theme dealt with in GlobalHigherEd via ‘Memo to Trustees re: Thomas Friedman’s ‘Revolution Hits the Universities,’ ‘Are MOOCs becoming mechanisms for international competition in global higher ed?,’ ‘On the territorial dimensions of MOOCs,‘ and ‘The…

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