Educational Technology

December 1, 2012

Massive Open Online Courses is the latest ‘disruptive’ force

Filed under: Educational Technology — admin @ 12:37 am

Online courses to change the education landscape

Rajiv Rao, Business Standard (India)

The word ‘MOOCS’ sounds like a cute and cuddly cousin to George Lucas’s teddy-bear-like Ewoks in a new Star Wars film. They’re far from cuddly, though, threatening much of the higher education universe with extinction — with a lot of help from Indians. This is the promise offered by MOOCS, or Massive Open Online Courses, the latest of the various ‘disruptive’ forces that have over the past decade swept the world, shaken up markets and transformed the way we live. “I think online learning is the single biggest innovation in education in hundreds of years,” says Anant Agarwal, president of edX, a not-for-profit Harvard-MIT joint venture that received $60 million in funding to put much of the college’s educational material online. “It’s the biggest one since the printing press.”

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