Developing a Cosmopolitanist-deliberative Framework for MOOCs in South African (Higher) Education



In this chapter, we argue that the need for a massive open online course (MOOC) (our case study of cosmopolitan education) that aims to enhance African and Western knowledge sharing across geographical and cultural boundaries, on the one hand, while addressing societal inequities of student access to higher education in Africa, on the other, is vital in the quest for addressing instances of cognitive and social injustice in southern contexts. With further research required into southern learner-educator experiences, MOOCs premised on what we argue for in this chapter, namely defence of a cosmopolitanist-deliberative framework could create learning opportunities for students in such contexts in harnessing the educational potential of the Internet. Such an understanding of MOOCs holds for students the possibility of transforming the societal inequities of student access to higher education of the southern contexts through knowledge acquisition, sharing and co-construction towards developing agency in such students.


MOOC Cosmopolitan education African Societal inequities Student access Higher education in Africa Social injustice Learner-educator experiences Cosmopolitanist-deliberative framework Learning Co-construction Students 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Stellenbosch UniversityStellenboschSouth Africa
  2. 2.School of EducationUniversity of MalawiZombaMalawi
  3. 3.Department of AccountingUniversity of the Western CapeBellvilleSouth Africa
  4. 4.Centre for Innovative Learning TechnologyCape Peninsula University of TechnologyCape TownSouth Africa
  5. 5.Faculty of EducationCape Peninsula University of TechnologyMowbraySouth Africa

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