MOOC’s is the new ‘kid’ in education and there is currently no best practice regarding the management, governance and implementation thereof. There are MOOC’s platforms but many institutions are also in the process of developing and implementing their own. Best practices are currently being investigated and debated in an attempt to find the best practices.
MOOC’s attempt to offer products that students and educators can benefit from. It allows people to take advantage of material for free. Learning is made possible from various sources that are available but the person will have to be more involved in the direction of his or her development than in the case with other types of training.
There are mainly two ways of developing and implementing a MOOC’s course: Develop a new course or take existing material and change it into an online course. It can even be used by companies as a tool to better equip their employees. This platform can create collaboration within the company but the company will have to be willing to put in an effort.
The question should be asked, What do students and educators want? Sufficient research has not be done to answer the question but current trends in education can be used in an attempt to answer the question. This will include how they, students and educators, want MOOC’s to be managed and implemented.
There are many more questions: Who should be responsible for quality assurance? Should and can it be acknowledged by the workplace? Will adding a small fee to register for the course be necessary or should it stay free? How can it be made accessible to more people? Who has the right to offer these courses?
Posted by Wilma De Villiers