The Future of MOOCs and the Traditional University

The Future of MOOCs and the Traditional University

MOOCs are becoming increasingly popular and the effect of such a trend on the traditional university presents both an opportunity to grow and a threat of being replaced. This is largely determined by how traditional universities are going to respond and whether they’ll be able to reinvent their business model so they don’t charge fees for learning and their course content is made available for sharing and collaboration while they remain financially sound. This is a key uncertainty about the future of higher education. Continue reading

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Will MOOCs displace the traditional university?

Will MOOCs displace the traditional university?

THE STARTING POINT

The answer to this question usually focuses on whether MOOC providers have sustainable business models. While I believe a viable business model is definitely key to the existence of MOOCs, I believe it provides only a partial answer to the question at hand. The second part of the answer lies in understanding the core value proposition offered by MOOCs. Continue reading

Education with No Strings Attached

Education with No Strings Attached

SETTING THE SCENE

It sounds wrong but all too often this is what we really want in life. We want relationships with no commitment. We want those cute little creatures called babies with none of the responsibility; and we want jobs where, instead of pulling a sicky and feel guilty doing it,  we can just call the boss and say “sorry, I don’t feel like coming in today! …click”. Continue reading

The Pleasant Surprises

The Pleasant Surprises

I’ve been in higher education in various roles (including teaching, program building, online service delivery, etc.) almost all my professional life (roughly 12 years) and I share Clayton Christensen’s view that the current business model of higher education is facing both serious threats and great opportunities by the emergence of MOOCs as a disruptive innovation. Continue reading