The whole fuss about MOOCs explained.In brief!

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Twenty first century disruptive innovation will leave no stone unturned in its quest to transform or change the way we live and do things. In the field of education, MOOCs are already upsetting the traditional models of teaching and learning. The acronym MOOC is said to have been introduced in 2008 by David Cormier. The acronym is short for Massively Open Online Course. MOOC is a phenomenon that involves the sharing of academic courses online for free by Universities. Students across the world can access the same quality lectures (prerecorded audio, video and text) from any institution provided they have internet access. Reputable universities such as Harvard and MIT are among some of the many institutions that are now offering MOOCs. Although revolutionary, this concept is being down played by some conservatives in the education sector, who fear MOOCs are accelerating cuts to university staffing, that it encourages cheating by students and that it is widening the pay and prestige gap between teachers among other reasons. The popularity of MOOCs is growing with audiences ranging from teenagers, the elderly, lifelong learners students and professionals. There are also many different reasons why peoples sign up for MOOCs chief amongst them being curiosity and career development. What does this all mean for the average Zimbabwean student, professional or schools leaver?

  • There are opportunities to attain a verified qualification from some of the most prestigious universities in the world
  • Students in Universities can also use MOOCs as a way support the tutorials for their current course
  • Professional scan acquire and update skills to remain relevant and effective in their fields.

Econet is already leading the way in MOOC advancement in Zimbabwe by offering free access to a select courses online. Have you used a MOOC recently?Please share your experiences


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