New Perspectives on Great Questions: What can MOOCs Tell Us?

David Robertshaw [], School of Nursing and Professional Practice,
Ivana Babicova, College of Health and Social Care, University of Derby, Kedleston Road, Derby, DE22 1GB, United Kingdom


The aim of this paper is to consider the role of massive open online courses (MOOCs) as a source of rich natural language data to be mined and analysed, thereby providing new perspectives and insights to questions, theories or experiences in relation to health and healthcare. It will consider the concept of “great questions” and why these are challenging to understand but suggests that MOOCs may enable us to discover some answers. It considers existing practice, emerging concepts and recommends future directions in this field.

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e-learning, distance learning, distance education, online learning, higher education, DE, blended learning, MOOCs, ICT, information and communication technology, collaborative learning, internet, interaction, learning management system, LMS,

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