A little of self-promotion this time. I hope you enjoy this review I have just published in Advances in Archaeological Practice’s latest issue. This is a paper on MOOCs in an Open Access journal, so very much my approach to science in the last two years. I do believe MOOCs can have a very positive impact in the way scholars interact with a community of students larger than the classroom… society. Here you have the abstract:
This review assesses the capabilities of the technology of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) as tools for increasing the presence of archaeology in our digital society. Instead of focusing on the academic value of the content of these courses, I explore their usefulness as promoters of rigorous archaeological practices and ethics, as well as the protection and preservation of cultural heritage. After enrolling as a student in six MOOCs, I have analyzed whether these courses successfully provided students with an informed and critical understanding of the field, as well as creating networks of advocates that can share this knowledge across their communities.