MOOCs Galore?

MOOCs Galore?

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Interested to know more about MOOCs:

Depending on who you believe, massive open online courses (Moocs) are variously the bright future of university education, its onrushing nemesis, or just about anything on the spectrum in between.

The basic structure of a Mooc is simple: a company or institution sets up a website where prospective students can register and peruse a list of courses. Once they have found one they like, they can sign up and “attend class” weekly, online and at a time of their choosing, watching recorded lectures and completing multiple-choice assignments, other relevant exercises, or short peer-graded essays.

As well as weekly recorded lectures from one or more course leaders, most will offer access to a discussion forum for students to collaborate, additional reading matter, relevant multimedia materials and regular assignments set by the lecturer. Currently, the best-known and most popular platforms are offering courses – many from internationally renowned universities – for free.

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