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MOOCs Forum—Preview Issue of Groundbreaking Publication for the Decisions, Designs, Development, and Deployment of Massive Open Online Courses

New Rochelle, NY, September 17, 2013Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers has introduced a preview issue of MOOCs Forum, a new publication dedicated to the development and sustainability of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs).  The burgeoning coverage of MOOCs in the press extols their potential. But within the communities of education, industrial learning, developers, investors and broad student demographics, the credibility, standards, protocols, utility and value of MOOCs are being questioned, researched and developed.  MOOCs Forum is committed to providing and promoting dialogue, debate and discussion of the many process and content issues that will eventually impact the success and value of MOOCs.  The objective and unbiased content will include letters to the editor, point-counterpoint discussions, perspectives and position papers, case studies, and roundtable discussions. MOOCs Forum will be available online with Open Access options and in print. The articles in the preview issue are available on the MOOCs Forum website.

The insightful Roundtable Discussion included in the preview issue, “State-of-the-Field” brings together domestic and international, traditional and open university, MOOC providers and end-user experts to discuss whether MOOCs will “democratize” education. Participants in the Roundtable include Andrew Ng, Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Coursera; Jack Wilson, President Emeritus, University of Massachusetts; Peter Sloep, Professor at the Open University of the Netherlands; and Nish Sonwalkar, Editor-in-Chief of MOOCs Forum and Director of Research for the United States Distant Learning Association.  The preview issue also includes the original research article “Self-Driven Mastery in Massive Open Online Courses” by C.B. Do, Z. Chen, R. Brandman, and D. Koller, as well as a Perspective titled “Crowdsourcing to Assess MOOCs: A Position Paper”, by R.J. Clougherty Jr. and V. Popova.

“MOOCs are now facing many challenges. MOOCs Forum brings the best minds together and debates the issues for a long-term solution,” says Nishikant Sonwalkar, ScD, Editor-in-Chief of MOOCs Forum. “We know MOOCs are here to stay and the Forum provides a voice for key stakeholders in defining the future of MOOCs.”

About the Journal
MOOCs Forum is published quarterly online with Open Access options and in print, and features diverse thoughts, opinions, perspectives, and practices on all topics related to Massive Open Online Courses. Led by Editor-in-Chief Nishikant Sonwalkar and a distinguished team of Associate Editors and Editorial Board members, MOOCs Forum provides the latest thinking in topics such as student identification and security, institutional benefits and liabilities, content and credit standards, platform advancements, matriculation, acceptability by employers, regulators, and universities, and a host of other dynamic topics that will influence the success and sustainability of MOOCs. Complete information is available on the MOOCs Forum website.

About the Publisher
Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers is a privately held, fully integrated media company known for establishing authoritative peer-reviewed journals in promising areas of science and biomedical research, including 3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing (launching 2014) and Telemedicine and e-Health. Its biotechnology trade magazine, Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News (GEN), was the first in its field and is today the industry’s most widely read publication worldwide. A complete list of the firm’s 80 journals, books, and newsmagazines is available on the Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers website.