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ENCOURAGEMENT OF ACTIVE LEARNING BY THE TOOLS OF THE MASSIVE OPEN ONLINE COURSES (MOOCS)

ILIYANA GEORGIEVA, ELENA STANKOVA

Abstract

The rapid development of computer technologies and the investment in innovations has created opportunity for a launching a new model of e-learning courses, precisely a Massive open online courses or a MOOCs. This article aims to reveal the opportunities of the MOOCs and their tools to encourage the active thinking of the learners, as well as to identify the motivating and demotivating sides of such type of learning. Applying the new ways of free access education gives possibility for learning that is not bound to the physical presence in the lecture hall. Transformation of the traditional passive learning methods into their interactive version gives the learner the choice to determine the pace of his / her learning. The global audience of MOOC can draw on learning experiences from the thousands courses offered by renowned suppliers such as Stanford Online, Coursera, Udacity, OpenClassrooms, edX, etc. in exchange for leisure and desire of personal development.


Keywords

МООCs, MOOCs in Bulgaria, online learning, free learning, motivation

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