MOOCs and Global Classroom

What is a MOOC?

Will Massively Open Online Courses Transform the Way We Learn?

Do we have a global classroom with MOOCs?  

I think there are huge potential in having globalized education as I have shared here in my previous post.

Globalisation of higher education needs to be considered under the context of glocalisation – Look at the big picture, the big global forest, but act locally to contextualize the education to suit the needs and vision of the communities, with the local citizens in mind.  Learn globally and act locally, and be connected to the international communities.

Deakin University will be launching its first MOOC as a test bed.

Is the future of MOOC certain or uncertain?

“MOOCs may not be free forever, at least not all of them,” Selber cautioned. “People are trying to figure out business models that can support their design and delivery. They’re an expensive proposition if approached seriously.” The hope of their proponents is that MOOCs will democratize education.

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As I said in my previous post: Is MOOC a threat to quality education, especially at public universities? When MOOCs reach a critical mass, where students would accept and prefer to learn through the free open course, rather than going to pay for a course, then it is/could be.

My favorite university, passion and vision

This is the first blog post that relates to my University Education experience.  I am too eager to share with you.

If you ask me what my favorite university is, I would say University of Hong Kong (HKU), where I graduated in the 90s with my Masters Degree.

I have always dreamed of studying in University when I was young, and I love studying.  When I grew up,  I realized that one of my passions was to dedicate my life to work and learn with people, in industry and education.

It had been more than two decades now since my graduation with HKU, so there has been lots of changes in education and learning happening in the University, though I could still recall some of the footprints and hall-marks left behind.

University education is not just about content knowledge.  It extends far beyond it, by cultivating our intellectual and moral capacity, so we could become independent, autonomous and critical thinkers, valued team leaders, builders, and players, and most important of all, be an active citizen who would endeavor to shape and change for a better world.  This could all be achieved by applying such knowledge we have developed via University education in the business and services of community and society at large, and in contributing to the social capital both at a local and international level.

So, now you see why I still love the University and University Education.  It is the door which would allow people to open up the opportunities, towards their dreams and aspirations.  It is surely a worthwhile pathway, that would open up your eyes, hearts and minds in personal and professional development.   And I never give up in sharing this message with my students.

You ask (for knowledge, experience), and you would be given, if you are passionate about what you are asking for.  That’s what University could likely give you.  Have you asked?  I did.

My vision

My vision is to follow my passion, as a Catholic and a learner, to engage in education and learning in a lifetime, to help myself and others in pursuing the dreams and passion, and to lead a fulfilling life that could contribute personally and community wise.