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Is Bigger Better? A Look at the MOOC

BIGGER BETTER? A LOOK AT THE MOOC The MOOC, or massive open online course, has taken the spotlight in recent educational debate. Growing popularity and high enrollment rates are forcing many universities to take a second look at their non-involvement. Let's explore just what these courses are and if they're a worthwhile addition to the span of higher education. LESSON 1 What are MOOCS? Two years ago, a computer science professor at Stanford made his course available online to anyone who wanted to sign up: 150,000 people did. Thus was the birth of the MOOC, courses available online for anyone, anywhere. MOOCS are named as such for a reason. These courses are: MASSIVE Courses offered by major platforms Students enrolled in MOOCS 4,700,000 -30+ 90+ 400 1,250,000 750,000 2M 500+ Coursera EdX Udacity Coursera EdX Udacity OPEN ONLINE These courses are provided by many different universities and open to anyone who wishes to enroll. Courses are even reaching as far as developing countries like Mongolia, where high school students are taking courses from: 87 HARVARD M.I.T. U.C. BERKELEY The number of academic partners that offer courses on Coursera's platform Mongolia LESSON 2 Beneficial or a Waste of Time? The universities involved see MOOCS as a way of offering higher education to those who are simply interested in learning. But others view the courses as meaningless time-wasters with low finishing rates that shouldn't ever count as college credit. Let's take a look at the two sides of this argument. THE BRIGHT SIDE SOME AREN'T SOLD The "Presidential Perspectives Survey" got the opinion of 965 campus presidents regarding MOOcs. Here are the mostly positive results: 100 78% 69% agreed that expanding courses online provides a way agreed that expanding courses online actually raises net tuition 8%-10% The percentage of enrolled students who actually complete MOOC and do all the assignments. Many site this statistic as proof that MOoCs aren't worthwhile and shouldn't be considered for higher education credits. to serve more learners. revenues. Another critique is that the courses don't provide quality education. The argument is one professor cannot properly teach hundreds or thousands of students at once. 90% Average drop-out rate for students enrolled in MOOCS LESSON 3 Where to Start It hardly matters where you are in the world. Many countries now have access to MOOCS and their students are spread throughout the world. Here is a look at where the most students reside. There are courses offered in a number of areas, so finding one that interests you is easy. Some universities are even considering counting some for prerequisite college credit. Country Where Coursera's students come from 27.7% United States SUBJECT AREAS OFFERED AT COURSERA 8.8% 5.1% 4.4% India Brazil Mathematics Science 6% 30% United Kingdom 4% 3.6% 13% 2.3% 2.2% 41.9% 23% Spain Business Canada Australia Russia Information technology Arts and humanities Rest of world 28% Resources for searching MOOCS edX Future Learn Coursera Class2Go A canvas iversity MITX MCOC TU miríada X UDACITY моOс.org SOURCES - -

Is Bigger Better? A Look at the MOOC

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