The importance of education will appear from every view in which it can be contemplated! Sad are those people who enter the dawn of their lives without experiencing the pleasure of learning. Education, for many, has been inaccessible due to a variety of reasons. And ta-da! here comes the MOOC revolution!
The fundamental defining aspects of MOOCs can be outlined as follows:
- M stands for Massive which recognizes the ability of the framework of these kind of courses to accommodate a very large (especially when compared to regular classrooms) number of learners. It is an active learning system wherein the learners can constantly view video lectures, discuss problems and also have access to extremely useful reading material. This has been made possible due to the robust, reliable and secure software technologies and services which helps all these users access the same content simultaneously.
- O for the openness of MOOCs which unlike the current standards of education allow the user to choose whether or not he wants his work to be assessed. It’s more of an on-demand accreditation. The openness can also be linked to the ‘open-curriculum’ aspect of the system by which a user chooses a few among all the available courses for him to study.
- The next letter, O again, defines them as online courses! A person gets to choose when he wants to access the digital content available and most courses are designed as asynchronous distance learning courses
- C for course is a reminder for the learner that it is series of learning activities that requires completion for maximum gain from it.
These courses hence offer infinite learning opportunities and can also serve as business models offering various benefits to the service providers and platforms. What is equally noteworthy about this trend in educational innovation is that they have now become a part of the educational landscape and have gained acceptance really quick. But can education really be transformed with such technologies? It is not like MOOCs are the prime examples of innovative learning modes nor is it like all providers of such courses have really succeeded in optimizing its use. But we are at this point in time where we can really try committing to these courses when formal education is inaccessible. And even when it is, you can always experiment for a better learning experience. Anyway, no educational qualification is the ultimate end point of learning.