The Good, Bad and the Ugly Side of Corporate MOOC

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Monday, 11 November 2013 17:56
The hype for MOOC and Open educational resources cannot be ignored today. Although there is still much to be explored, the progress of open education at present era attracts a great deal of attention. It often throws a question if Corporate MOOC is for profit-making platform rather than it could reach many more learners, leading to a networked social and economic benefit, and could give great instructors an authoritative position.

The Good Corporate MOOC


There is a lot of positive about Corporate MOOC. The choices of learning are immense and flexible which a conventional university or face-to-face instruction may not provide. Anyone can do a course from Stanford or Harvard, can experience world class teaching and obtain certificates. The hope is that this wave of development will bring the vision of access to lifelong learning opportunities without any social barriers. MOOCs offer many valuable learning experiences to students, from rich Interactive user experiences, lectures, activities, readings, assignments and exams, to opportunities to connect and collaborate with others through threaded discussion and use of social networking.


The online class revolutionary had democratize higher education to offer extensive availability of courses at cheaper prices. Further the ever-changing digitized world of learning is now penetrating schools i.e MOOC for primary education. The Open edX Platform has recently announced partnership with Google in Australia to deliver courses from kindergarten to year 6 in 2014. Which means the new courses will allow teachers across Australia to bring computer science and computational thinking into class rooms. Further information on this new initiative can be obtained from Australia’s new Digital Technologies Curriculum.


The Bad Corporate MOOC

The best things in life are free. However I think it’s in human nature that we don’t value the things which are available in free and in abundance e.g. Good air to breathe, water to drink and free courses to learn. The dropout rates are quite dramatic in MOOC’s. A statistical report released by Duke Centre of Instructional Technology finds dropout ranging 30-90%. However it is too naive to generalize that all MOOC's have similar dropouts.

Duke Center for Instructional Technology

In Addition to dropouts, the cohesion between the cohorts is not strong. It is very hard for a student to gel as a group and learn. With cohort’s size ranging to thousands, it’s very impractical to expect to know your friends. This may probably addressed as the MOOC’s evolve, but for now this one of the major obstacles.


And The Ugly Corporate MOOC

Although MOOC is a cheap substitute to offer mass learning there is no empirical relation or statistics that show MOOC can provide the same level of knowledge, which is obtained from a traditional class room learning or small cohort online learning. Most of the MOOC courses are not formally recognized for credits i.e. it doesn't mean anything at all in most of the cases. In Recent time MOOC’s are targeting industries of hospitality, fashion and tourism where formal education does not have enough weight-age. It would be a nightmare if employers actually employ their staff based on these certifications. The role of instructor is absorbed, i.e in future we can expect one teacher to a million students cohort, the instructor will never know you personally. All questions and suggestions will be addressed by supporting staff. The whole idea of learning together will actually diminish, as MOOC's grow bigger in size.

Despite of drawbacks, MOOC’s are well appreciated because distinguished professors offer some of the courses from world-class universities, which people could not dream off attending a decade ago.

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Aditya Pullagurla

An e-learning specialist with core expertise in educational technologies. He received his Master’s degree in computer science from University of Western Australia.  Aditya Pullagurla also blogs on a broad range of subjects for online e-learning magazines, he also set himself up as a freelance e-learning consultant for work place training. Aditya Pullagurla continues to progress his passion for e-learning and his enthusiasm in learning technologies. He is also very interested in networking, collaboration and outsourcing. He currently resides in Sydney and can be contacted at his email [email protected] 


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