Massive Open Online Courses known as MOOCs are online courses aimed at unlimited participation and open access via the web. In addition to traditional course materials such as filmed lectures, readings, and problem sets, many MOOCs provide interactive user forums to support community interactions between students, professors, and teaching assistants. This form is a recent and widely researched development in distance education gradually emerged as a popular mode of learning.
There have been many theories that have come up for the rapid rise of the MOOCs in the present times. With the backup of the top learning schools and huge response in addition with high demand has culminated in the phenomenal increase of this form of open learning in the age of internet. Moreover, there were some vital factors that helped in adding fuel to the growth of MOOCs in the market.
Most of the big and elite colleges and universities have been doling out free e-courses to test their effectiveness and in the purpose to check to a more traditional setting for education, writes USA Today. Most do not want to roll out an online degree program if they can’t be sure they will send the most qualified graduates into the business world. Likewise, students want to obtain degrees that will employers will recognize and properly prepare them for successful careers. This is where accreditation becomes important.
This model is a more specific example of blended learning, where the MOOCs becomes that which you study at home for the knowledge and exposition and the internal training gets you to practice and adapt that knowledge, within your organization. This gives you free external training and internal relevance and competitive edge. One can easily see a cohort of people within an organization starting a MOOC and moving forward together with mutual support to achieve real learning.
There is already evidence that organizations are looking at MOOC platforms as an alternative to the traditional, expensive Learning Management System or LMS. They are attracted by the low cost, agile and scalable nature of these platforms in terms of their coding structure, where the rendering and representation is kept separate from the logic and interactions. This is in contrast to the monolithic code and limited single database use of traditional LMS vendors.
There is the issue of LMS integration. Companies want data that proves efficacy and competence and want it through their LMS. This is merely a technical hurdle over which most MOOCs platform vendors are already jumping. Tin Can promises to provide an interoperability standard way beyond that of Sharable Content Object Reference Model or SCORM.