The MOOCs Era
Educational technology has orchestrated the process of unconventional learning experience for people of all ages by utilizing the breakneck proliferation of internet. Today, erasing all the boundaries of limitations in enrolment and specified admission processes, the MOOCs program – Massive Open Online Courses – has enveloped genuine certified courses through online education. This giant leap of the education sector has opened the possibilities of access to different courses that can be pursued from home for people in the best way possible.
Since the arrival of internet and social media platforms have liberated the idea of democracy much wider, universal education has seen its dawn in the resultant process as well. The MOOCs platform has gained popularity in 2012 for its massive incorporation of students worldwide to grab a chance to learn courses that cannot be pursued otherwise. India is blessed with a number
of non-profit and commercial institutes that offer certified courses with help of MOOC providers. Institutes like Unacademy, Byju’s Learning App, Swayam etc. saw its origin in India with other market players like Coursera, Khan Academy and Udemy. The element that makes them unique is the open access via internet at any place within the convenient time of the user. Such platforms are both available as websites and mobile applications. These institutes hire experienced mentors and make use of graphics for the better understanding of the lessons in specific courses. Each platform has their own way of teaching process that combines exams and other daily tests.
Before the Digital Age, the distant learning commenced in the form of correspondence education courses with schools and colleges. After 1980s, the idea of radio and television broadcast of courses and the initial forms of e-learning processes set the stage for the prime mode of distance education with increase in online presence and open learning opportunities with MOOCs. Today, the global MOOC market size is expected to grow from USD 3.9 billion in 2018 to USD 20.8 billion by 2023. India is considered to be the second largest market by subscriber base, and also the fastest growing market for such online platforms. Since India’s educational sector constitutes a larger scope in career based educations, such courses are getting massive attention and enrolment in online education platforms. For experienced people in specific fields, MOOCs are choices for enhancing their career in an era where up-skilling has become crucial to stay relevant.
The MOOCs have gone one-step further by mixing both online and offline learning to improve the experience. These platforms have become a choice for companies to train their staffs. Many more advancements that await MOOCs such as live participation of instructors, fellow learners and colleagues will become a reality. The courses will become shorter and the shift towards micro-learning with organizations will rise with special focus to improve technical knowledge. In the long run, we can expect that educational institutes will also get advanced with the high proliferation of MOOCs and it results in better deliverance and pursuing of lessons.