Education – Massive Open Online Courses –MOOCs

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Today, I saw an article in USA Today that was interesting and could be a game changer down the road. Here is a sampling from the article.

MOOCs have the potential to be a “pivotal development” that can revolutionize higher education. Questions remain whether these online courses can be profitable and whether traditional colleges will award credit for them. But if successful, MOOCs could lead to lower costs for families and access to higher-quality instruction for anyone in the world who has Internet access.

“The industry has operated more or less along the same business model and even the same technology for hundreds of years,” says John Nelson, managing director of Moody’s Higher Education. “MOOCS represent a rapidly developing and emerging change and that is very, very rare.”

Read full story: College May Never Be The Same

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4 Responses to “Education – Massive Open Online Courses –MOOCs”

  1. JD Dillon (@JD_Dillon) Says:

    I find the following statement from the article to be one of the keys to MOOC success: “Then it’s up to the employer. How much weight do these online certificates hold in the eye of the employer?” Ultimately, certification, degrees, etc. are meant to meet the formalized needs for employment. If companies become more interested in what people can do as opposed to their credentials, opportunities to simply learn and improve skills, like MOOCs, may begin to impact traditional higher education.

    MOOCs are of specific interest to me given that I am in both L&D and higher education. I have been facilitating dialogues with my team members about future possibilities and sharing resources, including the article above. Several of my group members are actually taking part in MOOC offerings to evaluate the experience.

    I’d also recommend checking out the following articles as part of the continuing MOOC discussion:

    TIME: http://nation.time.com/2012/09/04/mooc-brigade-will-massive-open-online-courses-revolutionize-higher-education/

    THE CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION: http://chronicle.com/article/Teaching-to-the-World-From/134068/

    MINDING THE CAMPUS: http://www.mindingthecampus.com/forum/2012/09/student_voiceswhy_i_dropped_ou.html

  2. dbrownblogs Says:

    Reblogged this on EDUTech.

  3. Ally B. Says:

    Indeed, teachers will be greatly affected with the emergence of online courses. But on the other both alternative and traditional form of learning leads to
    the academic advantage of the students.

  4. Pat Says:

    Spot on with this write-up, I really feel this site needs
    a lot more attention. I’ll probably be returning to read more, thanks for the info!

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