Exploring New Frontiers in Access to Higher Education : MOOCs
Massive online open courses (MOOCs), open to anyone and generally offered at no cost, can have thousands of students and, so far, are hosted only by universities. Although theoretically open to everyone, they are not entirely adapted to all levels in our educational system. Nevertheless, they do provide potential solutions to the most varied educational needs. MOOCs—in addition to resulting in recognition in certain institutions—have the potential to become major factors in increasing access to higher education and in enhancing the chances for student success. Since they are given in an especially flexible context, MOOCs increase the pathways open for self-improvement and completing education. At the same time, they are bringing about globalization of the knowledge industry, which might account for their international popularity. Colleges must now take a stand with respect to the many opportunities provided by MOOCs. These are the issues broached in this article authored by specialists in this field.
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