USA TODAY published an article, MOOCs being embraced by top U.S. universities by Sean McMinn, stating that MOOC’s are increasingly being recognized as a legitimate form of education.
My favorite part of the article is the intro where McMinn states, “Any student who’s attended a chalkboard lecture in 2013 will tell you higher education isn’t known for its swift changes.”
This couldn’t be more true! It seems like most universities are so hesitant about the addition of online courses for credit because there is no way it can compare to sitting in a classroom.
Several Universities see MOOC’s as a threat, a challenge and an inferior form of education when compared to your traditional brick and mortar university. In reality, universities need to recognize the reason MOOC’s are becoming so popular: they offer the opportunity to complete you work on your own schedule in your own home or favorite coffee shop. Everybody has a different learning style and sometimes that doesn’t include sitting in an uncomfortable lecture hall listening to a monotone lecture for over an hour or so.
It’s not to say that MOOC’s are going to completely replace traditional college, because I don’t think so- at least not for a very long time. If anything MOOC’s will help supplement the college education immensely.
Either way, MOOC’s are on the rise…and there’s no stopping them.