Mas­sive open on­line cour­ses

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Imag­ine a sce­nario where a stu­dent in ru­ral In­dia can have easy ac­cess to the best fac­ulty and cour­ses in Europe, US or any­where else in the world. This is ex­actly what Mas­sive Open On­line Cour­ses (MOOCs) are about—on­line cour­ses aimed at un­lim­ited par­tic­i­pa­tion and open ac­cess through the in­ter­net. While the MOOC for­mat has been around for some time now, the ad­vance­ment of dig­i­tal tech­nol­ogy will re­shape this for­mat of con­sum­ing ed­u­ca­tion con­tent. MOOC providers will also con­tinue to tai­lor their cour­ses to make them more rel­e­vant to po­ten­tial con­sumers of the con­tent, ac­cord­ing to the need of the hour. The ideal MOOC en­vi­ron­ment is a world where there are no bar­ri­ers to learn­ing and even stu­dents who can’t af­ford to en­rol into ex­pen­sive and dis­tant ed­u­ca­tion in­sti­tutes will be able to learn dig­i­tally.

Key ben­e­fit Videos and on­line read­ing ma­te­ri­als min­imise the need for teach­ers, al­low­ing im­ple­men­ta­tion of “flipped class­rooms”; en­abling of fo­rums and on­line teacher con­tact ses­sions for stu­dent ques­tions and peer­based eval­u­a­tion of as­sign­ments to elim­i­nate the need for eval­u­a­tors.

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