Dealing with ethical issues in MOOC design and delivery: A case study

Heng Luo, April Millet, Richard B. Alley, Mingzhang Zuo

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

3 Scopus citations


This case study provides a contextualized description of the various ethical issues faced by an instructional designer in the design and delivery of a MOOC. The defined characteristics of MOOCs in general (e.g., massive enrollment, open access, diverse student population) and the uniqueness of specific cases require a set of ethical decisions to be made for dealing with issues such as bias, fairness, copyright, and disruptions. Those decisions, along with their rationale and effects are elaborated and discussed in this study from the aspects of theoretical assumptions, pragmatic considerations, and empirical evidence. Based on the case study findings, this paper concludes with a list of informed advices and learned lessons to guide instructional designers and instructors to deal with similar ethical issues in future MOOCs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationBlended Learning
Subtitle of host publicationAligning Theory with Practices - 9th International Conference, ICBL 2016, Proceedings
EditorsJunjie Shang, Aihua Wang, Reggie Kwan, Lam-for Kwok, Simon K.S. Cheung
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Number of pages11
ISBN (Print)9783319411644
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016
Event9th International Conference on Blended Learning, ICBL 2016 - Beijing, China
Duration: Jul 19 2016Jul 21 2016

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Other9th International Conference on Blended Learning, ICBL 2016

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • General Computer Science


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