What MOOC's mean for universities

26 Sep 2013

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

Further Information

Disruptive Education: technology enabled universities ( Gallagher/ Garrett) (142)


Paul Barclay
Ian Coombe
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