Revolution of Higher Education-Free Online Courses?

10 Oct

This morning I read a news article titled “How Australian universities can play in the MOOCs market”. It talks about the changing trend of tertiary education, and the potential revolution of higher education with the growing popularity and leverage of online courses. Particularly, it briefly analyses through the online courses from Australian universities as a new group in the Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs).  In this post, I will respond to the leading question of the news article – “The billion dollar question for Australian universities is: how can we compete with the world’s most prestigious institutions in the MOOC space? On a comprehensive scale, maybe we can’t”.

Why we can’t? We can think the other way, better way. How about join all the online courses for higher education worldwide together? Why we have to compete with other prestigious institutions in the MOOC space? Competitions between online courses from various institutions make no benefit for the students’ learning outcome. The more efficient way for studying is to merge all online institutions together, possibly on one site with different categories. In that case, students worldwide are able to select and learn the same subject across various teaching strategies and a wider range of learning resources from different online institutions. More importantly, the marriage of different online institutions enables a massive global discussion forum about various courses from different institutions. As a result, it facilitates learning process by massive collaboration.

For Textbook Fair campaign, I have the idea of combining the learning materials used in the MOOC with the ones required for on-campus learning. If so, students don’t have to buy expensive textbooks if similar learning materials are available in the MOOC. Then we have an interesting question for you – do we need campus for universities any more?

Let’s watch the video and see how Australian professionals respond to it?

Internet to Replace Campuses

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Posted by on October 10, 2012 in #mdia3005, @TextbookFair, z3310337


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