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MOOCs and Their AfterlivesExperiments in Scale and Access in Higher Education$
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Elizabeth Losh

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780226469317

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226469591.001.0001

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Digital Universalism and MOOC Affects

Digital Universalism and MOOC Affects

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MOOCs and Their Afterlives

Elizabeth Losh

University of Chicago Press

MOOCs appeal to a techno-missionary enthusiasm for conversion experiences that are structured around belief in digital universalism in which salvation is offered to all regardless of past mistakes or omissions. Although this pedagogical approach promises educational experiences free of shame, there are often extremely negative affective states manifested among MOOC teachers and learners, and the feeling of contempt is common when students are faced with the ultimate substitute teacher.

Keywords:   MOOC, digital evangelism, universalism, open education, affect theory, shame, universal design, solutionism

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