MOOCs (Massive Open Online Course) can change higher education in many ways. For starters, it gives the people who want a higher education but can’t afford it some opportunity. Most MOOCs are free, although some can cost around a hundred dollars, maybe more or a little less, but regardless you are saving hundreds to thousands of dollars. Some people may question if they are learning the same as they would in a college setting. These online courses are taught by top professors at some of the world’s best- known universities (Newsom, 2013). That’s not the only advantage of MOOCs. They also run between four to twelve weeks but for many you can start and stop the lecture at your own pace and during your own free time. This would help a lot of people, especially me, just because you don’t have to stress about being late or being too sick to attend a class. If you pass a MOOC you can be awarded a certificate of completion. The best part is that it is easy for anyone to access. All you need is a computer, an internet connection, some free time and a desire to learn. (Newsom, 2013).
MOOCs are revolutionary – a cheap, high-quality alternative to expensive, exclusive universities (Newsom 2013). . This is all terrific for traditional academic mission but terrifying for the traditional business mode (Sharrock, 2013). That is why I don’t think they will ever replace college. College is a big time money making business that requires people to take in class lectures so they have to pay the high fees. Colleges wouldn’t make money if everyone took online classes. In my opinion, college is a good thing. Living on your own in a new environment helps people grow into intellectual, independent, individuals. Also colleges give the opportunity to seek for help or ask questions. MOOCs would not be able to prevent cheating, let students ask questions, or interact and collaborate with each other. Everybody should get to experience college but if they don’t have the money MOOCs are the next best thing. Education should not be a luxury it should be a fundamental right that everyone should have access to regardless of their parents or their own income (Petriglieri, 2013).
Sharrock, G. (2013, October 15). From moocs to harvard’s: will online go mainstream? The Conversation. Retrieved from http://theconversation.com/from-moocs-to-harvards-will-online-go-mainstream-18093
Newsom, J. (2013, October 13). MOOCs: Online courses might change face of higher education. News & Record. Retrieved from http://www.news-record.com/news/article_48f3fd9c-33b1-11e3-b180-0019bb30f31a.html
Petriglier, G. (2013). The opportunities—and risks—in the mooc business. The Wall Street Journal, Retrieved from http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702304561004579135363266072976.html