Author Archives: Andrea Kalafusová

ByAndrea Kalafusová

Existing MOOC quality models

Considering the quality of MOOCs, it is essential to guarantee a worthwhile learning experience for the learner and at the same time to reach the goals the provider/institution has for the education provision. MOOCs have become a symbol of a larger modernisation agenda for universities, and are perceived as tools for universities to improve the quality of their blended and online education. Learn more about the different dimensions related to the quality of MOOCs.

ByAndrea Kalafusová

Drivers behind MOOCs/reasons to get involved

MOOCs are increasingly regarded as a way to gain access to higher education. Do you want to learn in your own time and your own pace? Do you want to have access to learning opportunities online that were beyond reach in the past? MOOCs not only provide access to quality educational materials but also help to learn flexibly. Moreover you can connect with people who share the same interests or professional profiles. These are just some of the reasons to get involved. Read more about drivers behind MOOCs.

ByAndrea Kalafusová

For free or not for free?

Business models behind MOOCs

MOOCs are offered for free and there are monetary costs associated with it – so why do businesses offer them? This dynamic question is tackled in the BizMOOC discussion paper “Existing MOOC business models” which explorers current MOOC business models, costs and potential revenues for various stakeholders and future trends such as “unbundling of education”.

ByAndrea Kalafusová

BizMOOC @ Learntec, one of the largest eLearning exhibitions

With more than 240 exhibitors, 200 speakers and almost 7.000 visitors, LEARNTEC in Karlsruhe is one of the largest exhibitions for corporate eLearning in Europe. And BizMOOC was part of it!

Christian Friedl of FH JOANNEUM and Thomas Neumann of AVL used this great opportunity to introduce BizMOOC results, objectives and next steps to different stakeholders such as business clients, eLearning providers, universities and interested learners.

ByAndrea Kalafusová

Existing types of MOOCs and approaches to teaching

Ever wonder what the ‘x’ in xMOOC stands for, or how the MOOC phenomenon started?

This paper will walk you through how the historical development of MOOCs led to two main schools of thought regarding pedagogy. You will then explore the European context before delving into the influence of Learning Design and open pedagogy.

ByAndrea Kalafusová

Setting the scene for MOOC provision in Europe

From courses on mindfulness to an introduction to marketing at universities and businesses across Europe the potential of using MOOCs as a learning tool and opportunity for partnership between their worlds has begun to rise.

For learners finding a MOOC to participate in has never been easier, with platforms showcasing and listing the available MOOCs growing, and easily available on the Internet.

This paper maps out the existing MOOC provision, gives a theoretical background to their use, and sets out the distribution of current MOOC users within the E28, giving the reader an insight into the use and availablility of MOOCs within Europe.

ByAndrea Kalafusová

Fostering Innovation and Creativity through MOOCs

The Potential of MOOCs for Innovation and Creativity Centred Education

There are various factors for the exponentially increasing popularity of MOOCs.

MOOCs offer a diverse community of participants the opportunity to share ideas and get deeply involved in the subject.

MOOCs have always been a great format to exchange ideas among participants, to study and develop creative processes and foster innovation.

The article outlines some of the most important determinants of successful MOOCs aiming the development and fostering the sense of initiative and creativity.


ByAndrea Kalafusová

BizMOOC presented at the European Commission

Christian Friedl of FH JOANNEUM and Thomas Neumann of AVL List GmbH represented BizMOOC at the Thematic  Cluster Meeting on Knowlegde Alliances at the European Commission premises in Brussels on 8-9th of December 2016. Our project was invited as one of the few selected Knowledge Alliances in the 2014 and 2015 Calls and the opportunity of networking and creating synergees with other initiatives have been extensively used.

ByAndrea Kalafusová

MOOCs as a solution to bridge the skills gap

do-you-believe-academic-programsNew Skills agenda for Europe

The BizMOOC project addresses how MOOC can be used for business. Different studies imply that there exists a gap on the skills needed in Europe and the skills people have. Recently the EC launched a new Skills agenda for Europe.

The new Skills Agenda for Europe launches a number of actions to ensure that the right training, the right skills and the right support is available to people in the European Union. A study of CEDEFOP in 2015 indicated that Skill shortages and gaps in European enterprises. Genuine skill shortages affect a small group of dynamic, internationally oriented European enterprises in specific economic sectors (health and social care, ICT, advanced manufacturing). Some studies indicate that there is a mismatch between academic programs and the skills needed for jobs. The BizMOOC specifically aims at these issues – and is using MOOCs to address these skills issues. It is a knowledge alliance to enable a European-wide exploitation of the potential of MOOCs for the world business.

ByAndrea Kalafusová

Defining the context for MOOCs, online courses and open education


Do you know what acronym MOOC means? Which definition do you agree with? When is a course „Open“ and when is it „Online“?

Answers to these questions can be found at one of 14 discussion papers prepared withing BizMOOC project.




Picture: MOOC poster explores the meaning of “Massive Open Online Courses” by Mathieu Plourde (CC-BY licenced)