They’ve been described as the iTunes of higher education, and while it may be a clumsy or clunky acronym, Massive Online Open Courses, or MOOC’s, are poised to transform the way Australian universities operate. They’re not only popular, but have made education accessible on a scale never before seen.
It first shot to prominence just two years ago when Stanford University in the US offered a computer science class as a MOOC and within a matter of weeks one hundred thousand were enrolled. That trickle has now become a flood and today Coursera, one of the leading MOOC platforms, has 86 institutions offering over 400 courses to a staggering 4 million students.
Here in Australia, universities are interested and are carefully looking at the range of options, players and platforms in this emerging field.
So what exactly is a MOOC and how is it different to other forms of online learning?
Highlights of What MOOC's mean for Universities: Revolution or evolution? presented by The United States Study Centre at the University of Sydney, University of NSW and NSW Trade and Investment, Sydney, August 2013.
- Professor Daphne Koller
- Co-founder of the world's leading MOOC platform, Coursera, based in Silicon Valley
- Professor Fred Hilmer
- Vice Chancellor, University of New South Wales
- Andrew Stevens
- Managing Director of IBM Australia and New Zealand
- Disruptive Education: technology enabled universities ( Gallagher/ Garrett) (142)
- Paul Barclay
- Ian Coombe