The MOOC BOOK is realised under the umbrella of the EU-funded project “BizMOOC – Knowledge Alliance to enable a European-wide exploitation of the potential of MOOCs for the world of business”. “With BizMOOC, we want to encourage the modernisation of European education, generate a cross-border and cross-sector knowledge exchange on MOOCs in Europe and promote the acquisition of labour market key competences”, sad Mag. Christian Friedl, M.Sc., coordinator of BizMOOC project.
For Higher Education Institutions, there are several benefits coming from the MOOC BOOK. First of all, MOOC BOOK offers answers to various questions related to how MOOCs address HEIs. The questions and answers are grouped into three main categories: MOOC basics, MOOC adoption and advanced MOOC concept thus targeting those new to MOOCs, those who have a little experience with MOOCs and those well-experienced with it. The next part of the MOOC BOOK is called needs and gaps to MOOCs which offers identification of needs and gaps for the application of MOOCs by HEIs. It is concluded by the State of the Art on existing MOOC knowledge with topics such as existing MOOC quality models or issues for MOOC recognition, certification and accreditation.
World of the business profits from the MOOC BOOK equally. Guidelines provide the extensive knowledge on applying MOOCs from external providers and applying self-produced MOOCs, answering questions such as what the potential costs are when employing the existing MOOCs by other providers, or what the options are if the business wants to provide MOOCs on their own. Similarly the next part of the MOOC BOOK offers the identification of opportunities of MOOCs for the business community. The final part may then answer any questions related to 14 relevant MOOC topics, for instance MOOC IPR issues, MOOCs and Human Resource Development or existing MOOC business models.
The MOOC BOOK also does include labour force/society as such. It addresses the society in general and provides information on MOOCs in general, learning on a MOOC and taking MOOCs further. What is the right type of MOOC and teaching approach for me, are the employers aware of MOOCs, how can MOOCs improve my skills – those are just some of the questions the MOOC BOOK answers. In the section for the society it also provides very interesting results from the society survey carried out with a range of citizens across Europe including students, non-formal/lifelong learners, the unemployed and employees in a range of industries.