Barriers to quality post-secondary education continue to fall with the ongoing forward march of MOOCs.
Now is an incredible time to be a learning professional. From learning technology to learner methodologies, we’re in a unique place in history. Distance learning is one of the most exciting evolutions in our space. From the highly collaborative Interactive Video Learning (IVL) to the evolving one-to-many virtual learning technologies such as Adobe Connect, we have a number of options available to deliver quality content to virtual audiences.
Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are now being “stacked” into “Nanodegrees” from Udacity and “Specializations” from Coursera, which demonstrate expertise in a given field. Coding bootcamps and vendor-specific certification bodies are beginning to issue a new breed of credential such as the “MicroDegree” and the “Double-Click Degree”. The former is a digital credential certifying that the holder has completed a minimum of 1,000 MicroCredits in a designated professional discipline. The latter, as Ryan Craig puts it in his book, “College Disrupted”, is “a way station on the road to the unbundling of the college degree”. As these forms of competency verification become more broadly recognized by hiring managers, those holding such alternative and emerging credentials will have a better chance of competing on a level playing field.
Five years or so ago, when MOOCs were still a new thing, I commented on what seemed to be the emerging typical duration of open online courses: Open Courses: About 10 Weeks Seems To Be It, Then? For the OU’s 10 week short courses, which nominally required up to 10 hours study a week (the…
The completion rate for MOOCs hovers between 2 and 10 percent. Enthusiasm about these free online courses reached its fever pitch in 2012 and has since fizzled, with companies like Udacity and Coursera pivoting towards models that promise skills development rather than the disruption of higher educ