"MOOCs represent a fundamental shift in more ways than one." says Shantanu. He continues "The mode of education and the flexibility of class sizes are the obvious ones. But one of the most interesting shifts that MOOCs enable is in power that was hitherto wielded by the admissions divisions of Universities worldwide. With the democratization of education, the admissions departments will no longer have the kind of sway that they have been having for hundreds of years! "
"Personally I think MOOCs should not be considered a rival to or a replacement for University courses. Comparisons and contrasts with University education are reductive and unproductive. MOOCs are best considered as an independent, newer mode of education – by people motivated enough to spread education beyond the traditional classroom set, for people motivated enough to learn beyond traditional modes." says Shantanu.
“When I first heard of this concept few years back I was quite enamored by it! The movement gathered steam and The New York Times dubbed 2012 as the ‘Year of the MOOC’. I went into a ‘me too’ mode and enrolled into quite a few of the well-known courses. My satisfaction (and completion) levels for such courses have varied widely. After more than a year of experiencing some of this first hand all I can say is that the honeymoon is far from over.” says Shwetaleena.
She continues “our vision should be to design a next gen MOOC that incorporates findings derived from the analysis of current learner behavior data. This MOOC 2.0 could lead to higher rates of learner engagement and course completion.”
To know more on MOOCs, read “Designing MOOCs: A White Paper on Instructional Design for MOOCs” by Preeti Jasnani.
To watch a preview video of the white paper, click here.
To access the full white paper, click here.