Massive open online courses
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.