Massive Open Online Courses may sound too good to be accurate, but you better start believing them as they are here to stay. MOtick with us to know why.
The standard pedagogy of education may have been the usual norm for centuries now, but we feel MOOCs are our future. And, why not? After all, they break the traditional classroom learning barriers. Each of us is enrolling into different universities and programs, all from the comfort of our homes.
With the lockdown that came into play last year and continues to do so this year, every class has shifted online. This form of learning on the internet caught on with lightning speed. A gazillion firms joined the bandwagon of e-learning with gusto.
Yes, we are also considering the challenges that come with it. But, we certainly think that they are too good to be dismissed as just another fad. Here is why we think so.
Self-paced beyond imagination
According to a few studies, it has been found that people have different styles of learning. Some may understand a concept within a few seconds, while some may take months or even years to understand the very topic.
Thus, MOOCs are a boon for all of us. We can pick up new concepts at different paces. A self-paced course allows us to learn and study at our leisurely rate.
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Optimal utilization of resources
MOOCs help you make the best use of resources. If you are wondering how, then we are here to tell you. Imagine some renowned Nobel Laureate who decides to administer a training course at UCLA.
At the max, they can only teach 100-300 students in a class and 1000 young minds in their lifetime. Now, you tell us if that is genuinely an optimum use of such precious resources? Of course not!
But with MOOC platforms, the same Nobel Laureate can teach a large number of students in a short span, all with the help of the internet.
In the conventional classroom set-up, you will have to move to a more extensive classroom if you want to increase the number of students. You may also have to revamp the academy’s infrastructure in all likelihood.
But, with online classrooms, scaling up the size of the course batch is a cakewalk. All that is required is a few clicks on your mouse.
No systematic barriers
Are all of us privileged enough or financially well-endowed to move out of our own countries to pursue a course abroad? The answer is NO. We cannot fly to Europe or the USA on our whims and fancies at any given time we desire.
Also, we are too busy to pursue our academic interests that will fit seamlessly into our work schedule. But, online courses can remove and mitigate systemic barriers of any kind. Therefore, it is easy to conclude that education is universally available.
Facilitate constant learning
MOOCs are up to date and in line with the present job market, where any skill becomes outdated in less than a decade. Do any of you remember all that was taught in your college? Gone are the days when whatever we learned stuck with us throughout our careers.
With technological changes taking place at a rapid pace, we have to learn constantly. And, believe us or not but MOOCs will adequately serve and address it.
Opinions regarding MOOCs being the future of online learning may be highly polarizing, but we are confident that they will stay. It is indeed a significant leap for education. I hope you liked our blog and if there is anything we missed, please let us know in the comments below.