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Reconceptualising Learning in the Digital Age

The [Un]democratising Potential of MOOCs


Part of the SpringerBriefs in Education book series (BRIEFSEDUCAT)

Also part of the SpringerBriefs in Open and Distance Education book sub series (BRIEFSODE)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Allison Littlejohn, Nina Hood
    Pages 1-19
  3. Allison Littlejohn, Nina Hood
    Pages 21-34
  4. Allison Littlejohn, Nina Hood
    Pages 57-77
  5. Allison Littlejohn, Nina Hood
    Pages 79-94
  6. Allison Littlejohn, Nina Hood
    Pages 95-108

About this book


This book situates Massive Open Online Courses and open learning within a broader educational, economic and social context. It raises questions regarding whether Massive Open Online Courses effectively address demands to open up access to education by triggering a new education order, or merely represent reactionary and unimaginative responses to those demands. It offers a fresh perspective on how we conceptualise learners and learning, teachers and teaching, accreditation and quality, and how these dimensions fit within the emerging landscape of new forms of open learning.


Massive Open Online Course Open Learning Open Education Professional Learning Digital Learning online courses MOOCs internet and higher education

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Open UniversityMilton KeynesUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.University of AucklandAucklandNew Zealand

About the authors

Allison Littlejohn is a Professor of Learning Technology and Academic Director of Digital Innovation at the Open University, UK. Professor Littlejohn’s research chiefly focuses on Professional and Digital Learning.  Her research examines how professionals are learning and changing their practice contexts in the Energy, Health, Finance and Education sectors. Allison is a Fellow and former Scholar of the Higher Education Academy and has received international fellowships from ASCILITE (Australasia) and the Churchill Trust (UK).  She has been a series editor for Routledge since 2007.

Nina Hood is a lecturer at the Faculty of Education and Social Work, University of Auckland. Her research chiefly examines the role that digital technologies can play in supporting and enhancing education, and in particular facilitating professional learning opportunities and knowledge mobilisation. In addition to her work in online knowledge mobilisation, Nina has also undertaken research projects on open education resources (OER) and Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). Nina also is the founder and director of The Education Hub, a not-for-profit with a mission to bridge the gap between research and practice in education.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Reconceptualising Learning in the Digital Age
  • Book Subtitle The [Un]democratising Potential of MOOCs
  • Authors Allison Littlejohn
    Nina Hood
  • Series Title SpringerBriefs in Education
  • Series Abbreviated Title SpringerBriefs in Education
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Author(s) 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Softcover ISBN 978-981-10-8892-6
  • eBook ISBN 978-981-10-8893-3
  • Series ISSN 2211-1921
  • Series E-ISSN 2211-193X
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages VIII, 108
  • Number of Illustrations 2 b/w illustrations, 7 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Educational Technology
    Learning & Instruction
    Teaching and Teacher Education
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“A strength of this book is that Littlejohn and Hood do not simply provide an informed critique of the narrative of disruption and point to opportunities that have so far been missed. They use their detailed knowledge, experience, and research to suggest ways in which changes could be made at all levels.” (Rebecca Ferguson, Postdigital Science and Education, Vol. 1, 2019)