The future of MOOCs

According to the 2012 Sir John Daniel report, Making Sense of MOOCs, there are several potential business models for monetising MOOCs including issuing certificates to students who complete a MOOC, charging a fee to have examinations proctored, selling the platform to enterprises to use in their own training courses and charging tuition fees.

MOOC providers could also provide other universities with the ability to license their courses and could offer corporations recruiting services.

Supporters believe that MOOCs deliver the opportunity to ‘democratise’ higher education by allowing students and adult learners to take a course through an elite university while remaining in their own countries.

MOOCs have the potential to reach two billion potential learners. By expanding access to disenfranchised students, MOOCs have the ability to build global learning communities. Supporters also refer to the ability of MOOCs, by the ‘click’ format, to analyse how students learn.

Perhaps the greatest potential for MOOCs is that of connecting MOOC ‘graduates’ with future employers. Although edX recently reported that they would no longer offer job-placement services, several higher education experts – including Sir Drummond Bone, master of Balliol College at Oxford – believe that in the future MOOCs will have their greatest impact with future employers.

via University World News.



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