The Rise of the MOOC (Massive Open Online Courses)

It’s often been touted as the rise of a new form of education which will eventually transform the world. The MOOC is certainly transforming the way the world’s Universities are delivering their courses. What’s more they are allowing people to access world class education irrespective of their location or circumstances.

Massive Open Online courses are uniquely flexible as regards time, finance, geography and many other normal restrictions. Universities throughout the world are designing all their courses with the potential to be delivered online at little or often no cost to people through an internet connection. There are still some restrictions, at least with some providers in order to maintain quality and stop people just enrolling on everything. Some require entry interviews, tests or locks based on geographical areas however these are the exception rather than the rules.

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So what will the future hold for education in 10 years? Well if you look at traditional University and college courses you’ll see most of them now contain an online component. There are obvious advantages in that courses can be recorded and rerun year after year if they are stored in a digital format. This also increases the amount of time available for tutors to help their students individually, freeing up time that would normally be spent in vast lecture theatres with an audience of students.

One area that will hopefully increase the benefits to the standard of global education is collaboration. This will allow Universities and colleges to specialise in specific areas and utilize other academic resources for related studies. Imagine being able to tap into technology courses from MITT, Economics from LSE or business schools in Harvard. Collaboration will allow experts and academics to study and teach their own areas and use others to help educate in related areas.