The Game-Changing Potential of MOOCs

“Online learning is by no means a new phenomenon. Models for distance learning and open access education predate even the digital age, but MOOC (Massive Open Online Courses) platforms are captivating the attention of millions of learners around the world and of institutions who don’t want to miss out on ‘the next big thing.’ These digital platforms allow huge numbers of students to access learning opportunities for free from some of the world’s best colleges and universities. At a time when rising costs are seen as one of the largest barriers to higher education, MOOCs are a welcome addition and are seen to be opening doors otherwise unavailable. And the space is constantly expanding. Just in the last few weeks, a new MOOC called Futurelearn was launched in the U.K. and EdX announced a partnership with Google to expand their platform.”

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