What we offer
- Massive. The technology enables thousands of students to enroll and participate at any time in courses about anything taught by talented professors from any institution in the world.
- Open. They are open in several respects. Anyone can enroll. Students may pay a symbolic fee to get the formal credit from the host institution, but they do not pay for participation in the course. The material produced by faculty is open and shared openly.
- Online. Participants network openly with faculty, among themselves, and with others who are online. Content is always available on the net and can take many forms, like articles, books, videos, tweets and tags.
- Courses. MOOCs can cover just about any course taught in a traditional university setting, from humanities to social sciences, to even the hard sciences. Almost no type of course is MOOC ineligible.
Why would a university support a MOOC?
A free course for credit at a university can act as a great introduction to the school and encourage a student toward full-time enrollment. But, MOOCs may also suggest a major loss of income for an institution, and some suggest have implications for the future of the current forms of higher education. Are MOOCs an evolutionary turning point in higher education? This question is currently up for debate in the academic world. But for the University of Maryland, University College, this wave of MOOC offerings are part of a study to understand how MOOCs can prepare non-traditional adult students for a traditional college experience.
It’s early days yet, but the massive impact MOOCs have already had in a short space of time suggests we may well be witnessing something of a revolution in higher education delivery. Whether in the improvement of access worldwide, or the supplementation of programs within existing university communities, it seems MOOCs may well be a leading element in the future of higher education.
From MOOC to Distance learning?
With the tremendous increase of students participating in MOOCs and sundry online courses, distance learners are forced to become even more self-directed, engaged, and collaborative than ever before. As educational technology and students inevitably evolve, distance learning design will need to evolve as well.
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