MOOC – Wouldn’t it be the future of Higher Education?
Melbourne University jumps on the MOOC Bandwagon. See this post for more details. University of Queensland joins in (here in Queensland-uni-to-join-online-course-stampede). A current post on the MOOCs here.
Would these provide hints on what would happen next in Higher Education?
I reckon this is the pattern of Open Online Higher Education we are anticipating. This MOOC trend would surely be forthcoming and it would likely be adopted by institutions which are branded as prestigious Higher Education Institutions.
Here is my previous post about MOOC being the future of Higher Education.
It seems that such MOOC movement follows the pattern as revealed in the research by Clayton Christensen on disruptive technology and innovation http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2012/05/14/120514fa_fact_macfarquhar
“In industry after industry, Christensen discovered, the new technologies that had brought the big, established companies to their knees weren’t better or more advanced—they were actually worse. The new products were low-end, dumb, shoddy, and in almost every way inferior. But the new products were usually cheaper and easier to use, and so people or companies who were not rich or sophisticated enough for the old ones started buying the new ones, and there were so many more of the regular people than there were of the rich, sophisticated people that the companies making the new products prospered.
Christensen called these low-end products “disruptive technologies,” because, rather than sustaining technological progress toward better performance, they disrupted it. After studying a few exceptions to the pattern of disruption, Christensen concluded that the only way a big company could avoid being disrupted was to set up a small spinoff company that would function as a start-up, make the new low-end product, and be independent enough to ignore what counted as sensible for the mother ship.”
Isn’t MOOC taking a similar pathway, based on a spin-off from their mother institutions (the education ship)?
Here MOOCs require no enrollment fees and are open to anyone in the world who are interested in the courses, so far if they could access the internet and afford the time necessary for completion.
The significance of this MOOC could be huge, where such pattern of disruption would “revolutionize” education. Such revolution may not necessarily be based on the pedagogy (flipping the class, or Mastery Learning), but the disruptive business model that has never been fully exploited before.
Here the cheaper, easier to create and use and more readily deplorable educational products are launched into a global market of Higher Education. As an ideology, it is a win win situation on Education.
There are however, different versions of MOOCs, though the x MOOC would likely take on the “Olympic torch” – giving out the flames, and sharing the “glories” throughout the world.
How would MOOC evolve in terms of pedagogy?
There are many schools of thoughts and “classes of MOOCs”.
The c MOOCs, x MOOCs and the Unknown yet EMERGENT MOOCs as shared in my previous posts of MOOCs: More is less and Less is more.
Here are some thoughtful posts from MOOCers:
1. Instead of giving instruction, and providing the golf cart to people who should walk in order to loose weight, see here.
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