Sameer Babu M, Ph D
The author is Assistant Professor of Education, University of Kerala
WHY MOOCs LIKE UDEMY ARE SIGNIFICANT?
Human beings, by nature, are information gatherers. Doesn’t matter the nature of access or approach, all of us constantly try to maintain the desired social prestige by updating ourselves with new pieces of information.
We gather information by and large through reading of various kinds, by listening to someone or something, and by watching and observing. In this direction, we have a new addition- Massive Open Online Courses ( MOOCs ). For example: Udemy, Udacity etc.
MOOCs join an array of learning methods. These are courses having characteristics like
Free and Open Access,
Massive in Enrollment,
Flexible as well as Self-Paced, and are
Provided in a cloud-based Platform.
WHAT IS BEING GIVEN AS COLLECTIVE?
The potential scaffold of MOOCs is that they help in social learning combined with varieties of experiences. Generally, such a platform consists of social discussions, discussion forums, clinics of various nature ( For example Twitter clinics, Facebook clinics etc. where experts are available for audio as well as video chats ) dialogue boxes, and reflective diaries.
As a whole, a cross cultural synthesis of opinions and deliberations are possible in such forums, if planned well. There is a need for research studies in this direction to identify the roles of MOOCs in social relationship building, and strengthening of the knowledge base.
Leading among the initiatives are service providers like Future Learn, Edx, Canvas network, Coursera, Udemy, Udacity, Swayam, etc.
WHY LEARNING THROUGH SOCIAL COLLABORATION COURSES ARE RECOMMENDED?
1. Various aspects are dealt in specifics
2. Experience friendly approach
3. Open and flexible
4. Self-pacing and Individualistic
5. Various forms of evaluation
6. Blending of approaches and forms of teaching
7. Involvement of subject experts and academicians
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