MOOCs - A Fad or A Desire !

MOOCs’- A fad or a desire !

The feedback:

Here comes the debate, the fad or a desire !

The researchers say, it is more so ever a far-fetching experience of pride and honour, sharing the honour and making the things possible to explore. Some people who have completed MOOCs say they’re including them on resumes and LinkedIn profiles. Human resources executives and recruiters tell me they aren’t seeing significant numbers of candidates touting the MOOCs they’ve completed. But those who have seen mentions of MOOCs say it’s an indication of commitment to upgrading skills and knowledge to preface with the work environments of today !

The conclusion:

What the recruiters say, what not, the feedback analysis contributes to the fact that, while the major MOOC providers will continue to grow their inventory of MOOC courses, a new breed of MOOC provider/aggregator is starting to rise. These courses are open, the work is accessible and shared among all who take the course together. The work done is shared and negotiated in the open among the learners. The course is participatory, with all becoming the part of the course by engaging with the material with each other. One gets connected with the ideas being shared.  Providers, for-profit & non-profit, are rapidly moving to strategically grab the global online destination for specific vertical MOOC market segments. One of the side effects of MOOC is the distributed knowledge base on the Internet.  For the majority, it is certainly the desire but the fad as above all the credits count at work station. Ref: http://www.moocs.co/

Top 10 Sites for Information about MOOCs:

  1. Udemy Free Courses – Udemy is an example of a site allows anyone to build or take online courses.
    Link: http://www.udemy.com/

  2. ITunesU Free Courses – Apple’s free app “gives students access to all the materials for courses in a single place. Right in the app, they can play video or audio lectures. Read books and view presentations.”
  3. Link:  http://www.apple.com/education/itunes-u/   

  4. Stanford Free Courses -  From Quantum Mechanics to The Future of the Internet, Stanford offers a variety of free courses. 
    Link:http://see.stanford.edu/see/faq.aspx     

  5. UC Berkeley Free Courses – From General Biology to Human Emotion, Berkley offers a variety of courses.   
    Link:http://webcast.berkeley.edu/

  6. MIT Free Courses
    Link:
    http://ocw.mit.edu/index.htm

  7. Duke Free Courses – Duke offers a variety of courses on ITunesU. 
    Link:http://itunes.duke.edu/

  8. Harvard Free Courses – From Computer Science to Shakespeare, students may now get a free Harvard education.
    Link:http://www.extension.harvard.edu/open-learning-initiative

  9. UCLA Free Courses
    Link:
     https://www.uclaextension.edu/r/search.aspx?c=free+courses

  10. Yale Free Courses – At Open Yale, the school offers “free and open access to a selection of introductory courses taught by distinguished teachers and scholars at Yale University.
    Link:http://oyc.yale.edu/

  11. Carnegie Mellon Free Courses – Carnegie Mellon boosts “No instructors, no credits, no charge.”
    Link:http://oli.web.cmu.edu/openlearning/

 

About the Author
Author: Dheeraj MehrotraWebsite: http://www.nexteducation.in
Dr. Dheeraj Mehrotra is presently working as Vice President (Academics & Training) with Next Education India Pvt. Ltd. Hyderabad. He has been honoured with the President of India’s National Award For Teachers in the year 2006 and the Best Science Teacher State Award (By the Ministry of Science and Technology, State of UP) for his excellence in the field of education.

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