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Abstract

Purpose: The purpose of this review article is to describe the benefits and challenges associated with massive open online courses (MOOCs) and to discuss the implications specific to medical imaging education and training. Methods: Peer-reviewed journal articles pertaining to MOOCs in higher education were analyzed to identify commonalities, relationships, and possible gaps in the literature. Results: Analysis revealed several repetitive themes and concepts regarding the use of MOOCs in higher education: theory of connectivism, instructors’ and students’ perspectives, and benefits and challenges. Implications for medical imaging education and training were also discussed. Conclusions: As web-based education and technology integration continue to increase, innovative approaches, such as MOOCs, will continue to develop. As higher education institutions continue experimenting with MOOCs, opportunities to engage individuals as lifelong learners will rise. Medical imaging students can use MOOCs to refine skills to prepare for an upcoming course along with the possibility of completing continuing education requirements.

Author Bio(s)

Kevin R. Clark, Ed.D., R.T.(R), is Assistant Professor and Graduate Coordinator for the Department of Radiologic Sciences at Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas.

Beth L. Veale, Ph.D., R.T.(R), is Director of Interdisciplinary Studies and Professor of Radiologic Sciences at Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas.

Lynette K. Watts, Ph.D., R.T.(R), is Assistant Professor of Radiologic Sciences at Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas.

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