What MOOC’s are and what do they mean for us
Massive Open Online Course – can be on any subject offered via different universities globally and could involve videos, reading material followed by formal or informal assessment.
Different avatars of MOOC’s – akin to eating options – you could imagine them to be blended E-learning Models
a) Everything is served – Come inside – sit down and learn
b) Choose what you want – Tell us what you want
c) Buffet – choose – Food always available – u have a good time
d) Subway model – choose ingredients – make it this way for me – we will cook it for you
Accreditation is a weak link currently but some universities are in the process of providing credits to MOOC graduates. State University of California, Univ of Washington accept credits of Coursera. Helsinki University ran a Programming 101 which is a pre cursor for entry to the University.
Some issues that need to be taken into context while implementing MOOC’s
- Lack of control and sometimes even lack of collaboration for Peer to Peer Interaction
- Low percentage of Course Completion – Drop Outs in the midst of the course
- Copyright issues – Cut, copy and paste quite common while submitting assignments
- Ambiguity of Accreditation and Credentials – Solution with Digital Badges?
- How do you authenticate students – are they genuine? During Assessments process of curbing cheating given the lack of broadband and say biometrics in rural India
What does it mean for us?
13 Million Entrants for Vocational Education in India – 5.5 Million is existing capacity – we can leverage MOOC’s to reach out to the rest
IMHO MOOC’s can address challenges in Education pertaining to relevance, Quality, costs and of speed. It can address the growing number of learners – possibly using synchronous and asynchronous faculty learner exchanges. Given youth are now days with perpetual internet access, MOOCs provides easy access to this audience. In a large city even if have 1% completion – could have 100K students. Cost associated only if Learners opt for formal assessment and credentials
To make MOOC’s successful (or as we say in India breaking down walls) need to ensure the following
- 3C’s – Connectivity/Content (preferably multimedia)/Capacity Building
- Policy –
- Leverage NMEICT Funds – USD 630 Million in 12th Plan – can some be used for specific pilots of MOOC’s – as NMEICT objectives are similar to reach out to hinterland using ICT
- Making it mandatory for every University to publish atleast 1 MOOC course – content repository made available pan India
- Meta University propagated – so that multi disciplinary courses encourage MOOC’s