MOOCS and the Future of Education Essay

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In today’s day and age, technology is advancing around all of us. Computers are now accessible everywhere you go, cell phones in everyone’s hands, and even wireless internet in business we go to everyday. It doesn’t seem too farfetched now, just like online courses for college students who wish to attend without leaving the comfort of their own home for the price of internet and perhaps a book. As crazy as it sounds, it is completely true and it is becoming a huge hit. Massive Open Online Courses, MOOCS, are a popular up and coming platform in the education community. Various think tanks and academic institutions call MOOCS the future, yet others call it a fad. The question being raised by many professionals is: can MOOCS replace…show more content…
Even paid MOOC courses that offered college credit and had course completion percentage of over eighty percent only had a graduation rate of twenty five percent. The students that took the course in class had an over fifty two percent increased chance of passing compared to students learning with the MOOC platform (Chafkin).The reason behind the disparity is simple according to Thrun "These were students from difficult neighborhoods, without good access to computers, and with all kinds of challenges in their lives," he says. "It's a group for which this medium is not a good fit." However, the high dropout and failure rate of MOOCs does not phase everybody. Andrew Ng co-creator of the most popular MOOC platform said in a subjective blog post that “The ease of non-completion in online MOOCS can be viewed as an opportunity for risk-free exploration (Koller).” Mr Ng also argued that even with a five percent completion rate, teachers can reach more students in one semester than one semester of traditional classroom teaching. With a low cost, failing to help the target demographic, and a high number of course dropouts, MOOCS are bittersweet, and their future is yet to be written. Even though MOOCS may have lost some of their biggest supporters. Still some hold on to the idea that MOOCS are the foundation of the future, those like Andrew Ng who are constantly refining the idea, and selling it to the next generation of
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