Massive Online Open Courses (MOOCs) constitute a learning platform that is revolutionizing the way in which people can learn about different topics through online classes they can take any place and in which you can interact with students and teachers from virtually anywhere in the world.
Dave Cormier, an educational activist from the University of Prince Edward Island, first coined the term MOOC in 2008; however, Isaac Assimov in 1988, in his video “My vision of the future”, was already talking about some ideas that actually represent very accurate what is happening nowadays with the emergence of MOOCs and online learning.
During 2011 and 2012, the most recognized educational organizations, Coursera, EDX and Udacity, were founded. These organizations offer courses of a great variety of topics that are given by prestigious institutions like Harvard and MIT (founders of EDX), Stanford (whose academics developed Coursera), Yale, The University of London, Tecnológico de Monterrey, etc. Even corporations and organizations such as Google, Linux foundation, AT&T, GE, Facebook, among others, have developed content in conjunction with these organizations and even their own employees take these courses to enhance their careers.
The MOOCs are a very recent platform that is constantly receiving feedback to improve the experience of people who take them. One of the main problems that organisations have found is that many of the students who register for these courses do not finish them. Only about 10% of students finish their courses, mainly because the effort and time required of participants exceed their initial expectations and they are not willing to invest their time. In addition, another problem that these organizations have faced is that it hasn´t been found a profit model to be sustainable.
The main feature of the MOOCs is the universal access to the best education. Nonetheless, it also has extremely valuable benefits like learning anything in which you are interested, learning at your own time and speed, and enjoy learning something truly interesting to you without any imposition.
The MOOCs are a disruptive innovation with great potential, and like anything with potential, it has the possibility to be, but it has to have the right push in the right direction in order to achieve the desired impact … UNIVERSAL ACCESS TO BETTER EDUCATION.
To view the interview to Issac Asimov in 1988 about his vision of the future, specifically about self-learning follow the next link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ZmFEFO72gA