MOOCs 101: an introduction to massive open online courses

Med Ref Serv Q. 2014;33(1):85-91. doi: 10.1080/02763869.2014.866490.


Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are a new type of online class that allow anyone, anywhere, to participate via video lectures, computer graded tests, and discussion forums. This article will give a basic overview of what MOOCs are, how they work, and some of their inherent advantages and disadvantages. It will also explore what MOOCs mean for medical education and libraries. A list of MOOC-related resources is also included.

MeSH terms

  • Education, Distance / organization & administration*
  • Education, Medical
  • Internet*
  • Libraries