What is this new phenomenon that is taking the world of education by storm?
A MOOC is a Massive Open Online Course that anyone with an internet connection can attend usually for free. Some MOOCs report having as many as 100,000 students enrolled in the course. Most MOOCs have high drop out rates. A key concept is that all course material is open and free. According to Inside Higher Education, more than 1.5 million people have registered for a MOOC through three of the largest platforms, edX, Udacity, and Coursera. MOOCs are Important in creating additional pathways to lifelong learning. MOOCs have demonstrated that they build connectivity in worldwide learning groups.
MOOCs are evolving so rapidly that it is hard to make accurate predictions about how they will impact higher education.