By Pam Jones. The New York Times dubbed 2012 'The Year of the MOOC,'[i] and it has since become one of the hottest topics in education. An idea pioneered by the higher education sector in the US, MOOCs take open learning to a new level. There are several providers associated with top universities who are paving the way, such as Udacity, Coursera, and edX.
What is a MOOC?
- Stands for a Massive Open Online Course
- An online course aimed at large-scale participation and open access via the internet
- Similar to university courses, but do not tend to offer academic credit
- There are no entry requirements and courses are free
- MOOCs are delivered via a number of web-based platforms in a wide range of subjects
- Learners interact with instructors and fellow participants in online forums
Key benefits of MOOCs
Like any form of elearning, a key advantage of MOOCs over traditional classroom-based learning is their convenience. MOOCs offer self-paced learning with interactive instructor and peer support through online social platforms. Read more...