The free online college courses are offered from top ranking universities including Harvard, Stanford and MIT. Students from developing countries especially from India are enrolling in droves.
A drawback that these students from developing countries face from attending these MOOC’s is that the educational content is not yet specifically designed to the diverse needs of a worldwide student-body who have vast differences in cultural backgrounds, language skills and motivational factors because these courses are currently offered from U.S. based institutions of higher learning in most cases.
The MOOC providers should announce their plans to bring a new concept of Massive Open Online Courses to developing countries like Brazil and India. New start-ups like EducateMe360 are promising. Offering customized MOOC’s content to the students of developing countries, with courses designed for the specific needs of the developing country students is a better way to spread knowledge. Steps to deliver Courses in their native language for all levels of graduate and undergraduate work should be initiated.
Any student with access to a computer with internet capabilities can take advantage of the classes taught by esteemed scholars from Berkley, California, Cambridge, Massachusetts, or Princeton, New Jersey. This is a revolution in higher learning for Developing Countries where the previous barriers of poor educational quality, lack of educational access, and higher costs for overseas studies have been instantly overcome in a single blow.
A complete List of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC) sites:
The acronym MOOC stands for massive, open, online course and it’s a term used to describe large numbers of learners coming together in one course to learn in a connected way and providing open access to large population via the internet. MOOCs provide interactive user forums that help build a community for the students, professors, and teaching assistants (TAs). A large number of students and professionals are accessing free educational content through Massive Online Open Course (MOOC) that provides free access to best-in-class education taught by faculty at top universities. Growing internet penetration and MOOC has lowered the entry barriers and encouraging students to access quality education from top universities like Stanford, Harvard, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) for free.
MOOC providers like Coursera, Udacity and Khan Academy provide new ways to connect, collaborate and share information leading to knowledge sharing process. Andrew Ng and Daphne Koller from Stanford University founded Coursera and it offers over 300 courses from 20 categories including engineering, humanities, medicine and mathematics created by 62 Universities from over 15 countries.
According to Antony Alex, CEO of Rainmaker, “MOOCs can be a great way to supplement formal higher education as well as to gain cross-functional knowledge. It opens up access to quality content thereby democratising higher education.”
List of MOOC Providers in ascending order
- 10gen Education
- Academic Earth
- Class2go-Stanford Online
- Class2go-University of Western Australia
- Education Portal
- Khan Academy
- Open Learning Initiative – Carnegie Mellon Iniversity
- World Education University