Posthumanism and the Massive Open Online Course critiques the problematic reliance on humanism that pervades online education and the MOOC, and explores theoretical frameworks that look beyond these limitations. While MOOCs (massive open online courses) have attracted significant academic and media attention, critical analyses of their development have been rare. Following an overview of MOOCs and their corporate means of promotion, this book unravels the tendencies in research and theory that continue to adopt normative views of user access, participation, and educational space in order to offer alternatives to the dominant understandings of community and authenticity in education.
Jeremy Knox is Lecturer in Digital Education at the University of Edinburgh, UK, where he designed, developed, and taught the pioneering MOOC 'E-learning and Digital Cultures'.
Preface List of Figures Introduction The Massive Open Online Course MOOC structures MOOC Reactions: disrupting and `making sense' Chapter 1: (Post)Humanism and Education Introduction Humanism Humanism and education Critical Posthumanism New Materialism Rethinking Educational Dualisms Posthuman knowledge and the (non)representational Conclusions Chapter 2: Masters of the Universal: MOOC Education and the Globe Introduction Humanism and colonialism The Corporate World of the MOOC World-leaning MOOC research The MOOC Platform Conclusions Chapter 3: Colonising Communities and Domesticating Data Introduction Immunizing communities and the anthropological machine Measuring MOOC communities Identifying participants and categorising participation Connectivism and community Lurking and the tyranny of participation The Personal Learning Network Individualism in the connectivist MOOC Conclusions Chapter 4: Housing the MOOC: Space and Place in `ModPo' Introduction Modern and Contemporary American Poetry Spatiality and Mobilities Theory The House of Possibility The Kelly Writers House Tour Other voices, other rooms: power and potency in the ModPo fora The immutable mobile of MOOC pedagogy Conclusions Chapter 5: Monstrous Openings in the EDCMOOC Introduction The E-learning and Digital Cultures MOOC The Monstrous Outside of bounded educational space Calls for cohesive community Outside of the humanist subject Conclusions Conclusion Summarising Posthumanism and the MOOC Suggestions for MOOC practice, pedagogy and research In closing Index