Revolutionizing Higher Education with Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC) have come into existence because of the need of cost effective education to go global in real time.

With the world economy shifting every day, it’s important for students to find a medium through which they can avail the privilege of a full course, affordability.

The need for getting educated cost effectively and with equal efficiency gave birth to Massive Open Online Courses in the world.

MOOC is Revolutionizing Higher Education

In the traditional education system of the world, cost of getting enrolled in a course was considerably high leading to few students showing interest.

The quality course providers were limited geographically. The courses that were provided were limited to a fixed time zone, giving less priority to real time studies.

In the present time, various renowned colleges provide MOOC to attract students from over the world.

The perks of this system for students is that they get to study courses under the guidance of subject matter experts at a much lower cost as compared to a regular course, they also get an opportunity to receive information in real time.

What is MOOC?

Massive Open Online Course is an online course which is aimed at limitless participation and an open access through the internet.

These courses are mostly complementary to the traditional learning style; they use modes like videos, audios, case studies, etc. to impart the learning.

There was a time when MOOC advocated connectivity and open licensing, while they have restricted the open license factor to prevent plagiarism, and they have kept the connectivity factor functional.

How MOOC has Revolutionized Higher Education

In addition to what MOOC has done for students opting for it, it has also created a breakthrough for the universities offering them.

The advantages universities derive from giving MOOCs are countless; they not only get recognition, but also funds that can be used elsewhere.

In addition to providing goodwill and cost benefits, other advantages of MOOCs provide:

1. Increased Professor Recognition

With bigger classes of students belonging to many different regions of the world, in addition to the growing technological industry, faculties involved in the MOOCs will get a chance at becoming better known and respected.

2. Revenue Potential

Even as MOOCs are mostly free of cost to register and participate, colleges could get in revenues from the large classes by giving out certifications and tie ups with different universities.

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3. Worldwide Recognition

The international recognition universities derive from providing MOOCs are good enough for increased reputation and an opportunity to become popular at a very low cost and effort.

4. A Large Audience

Through MOOCs, universities get a large audience to promote their course or create awareness about a global issue at one place.

Benefits of MOOC for Students:

MOOC has witnessed multiple benefits that students have derived from its emergence:

  1. They get to interact with experts, peers in real time
  2. They get to learn new courses in a cost effective medium
  3. They use the courses as extra help when they don’t want to do the full course
  4. They get knowledge from the professionals having wide knowledge and from reputed college
  5. They get to add the college names in their resume or CV
  6. In some cases, they get to attend the course in a time they are comfortable with
  7. They receive certifications or degree at the end of the course
  8. It gives them research ideas for their future projects

The benefits of MOOC are immense and ranges from gaining extra knowledge to getting new knowledge that is also easy on the pocket.

Cost and Benefits Ratio of Adopting MOOC

The cost that is involved in implementing an MOOC course in terms of technologies, manpower, advertisements, etc. is very low when the long term benefits in terms of revenue potential, advertisement and reputation is measured.

The world is going internet. More than half of the universities of the world are providing MOOC, the ones left behind have a lot of thinking to do in terms of the survival and cost/benefit ratios.

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Tripti Rai
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