The digital world has created an insurmountable changes not only in our present society, but also to the advance realm of distance education. And one of the latest innovation that has astound our current educational system has something to do with the disruption of MOOC. ‘Massive Open Online Course’ or MOOC has gone into a massive revolution since its inception in year 2012, and has provided hundreds and thousands of students to be part of a course offering under one settings, yet without being physically attending or meeting each other. In fact, MOOC is considered by many technology experts and worldwide educational institution as the ‘panacea’ for all ails especially when it comes to distant learning due to its innovativeness, versatility and innovativeness.
Unlike Open University, MOOC is a self-sustaining and evolving technology trend which has the capacity to enormous data that makes it possible to accommodate thousands and even millions of students to participate in a same course using an ‘open access with the use of a cloud-based platform. These course are generally offered free and can be openly accessed by anyone who wants to enroll in the course that they desire to take. MOOCs are not offering certificates instead of course credits. Compare to the one-on-one students to learner web-based education that is typical in distant learning, MOOC’s instructional design and settings attempts to connect leaners and educators to one another to collaborate with each other wherever part of the globe they may be.
Access to Free Learning
MOOCs are free, thus giving a huge advantage for those individuals who cannot afford a luxury leaning or doesn’t have the capability to attend in a university on a regular basis. The students can get an access to quality courses just like on its regular university counterparts. As of today, MOOS has already gained numbers of affiliations from world-renowned university such as Harvard, Cambridge, Duke, MIT, Yale and other institution of higher education around the globe. Each of these institution has their own format and system of providing their online courses.
The Challenges Imposed to Learners
Aside from the numerous advantages and benefits offered by MOOCs, still, there are certain challenges that is needed to be faced by the leaners. And it is at the end of the leaners on how they are going to evaluate the efficiency and credibility of the online course offered by these universities, especially in terms of competency and quality. Since there’s no definite evaluation coming from students, MOOC has gained tremendous criticism faced due to absence of proper interaction between educators and learners.
MOOC’s Future Aspects
Despite of the challenges, there are numerous educational horizons open for thousands and millions of potential candidates, which is expected to grow over time. Universities are also considering accreditation to prove their credibility and the viability of the course that they are offering. In fact, colleges and universities can offer their own modified program under MOOC separate from regular students as part of distance learning. As of now, MOOC are still developing its prospect when it comes to expansion and promotion of education, whist, emerging greater technology for future reinforcement for the modern MOOC.