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2015-09-15

Opinion/Editorial: The future of higher ed in Virginia

When a cabal of Board of Visitors members tried to engineer Sullivan’s ouster in June 2012, one of the key reasons they gave for their actions was that the university wasn’t moving fast enough to adapt to the Internet age. Be more decisive on fundamental changes and quicker to implement them, specifically by going to a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) model for delivery of required courses in the first two years of study. Adapting the liberal arts curriculum to the industrial needs of the 21st century economy … cut foreign languages, for example, while instituting majors the business world might be looking for.

Massive open online courses (MOOCs) can help you achieve the next step in your career

Whether you want to learn about bioethics or the letters of the apostle Paul, there’s probably a MOOC for that.

Learning is not a spectator sport

Free – or very inexpensive – online courses have become quite a trend in education. Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) providers currently offer thousands of courses and have enticed millions of students to enroll. The emphasis in MOOCs is often on lecture videos that students watch and learn from.

However, a study published in the Proceedings of the Second (2015) ACM Conference on Learning @ Scale shows that this central approach of MOOCs – having students watch to learn – is ineffective. Instead, the emphasis on interactive activities as advocated by Carnegie Mellon University’s Simon Initiative helps students learn about six times more.

Massive Open Online Course (MOOC): Market Analysis and Forecasts 2015 – 2020

Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC) represents a distance-based approach to eLearning wherein many students may participate in a highly collaborative and interactive fashion. Course contents are distributed using web platform under a per-course or subscription model. The unique feature/functionality of MOOC is mass participation, social collaborations, interactive forums, and open-ended outcomes.

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