Massive Open Online Courses

2277 WordsJul 14, 201810 Pages
Introduction to MOOCs Massive Open Online Courses, or MOOCs, have recently come into the public eye as a topic of interest. Whether as an alternative to traditional education, a way to enhance skills in the work-place, or as a way to make education freely available to everyone, many teachers, institutions and students are currently participating in MOOCs. However, as with any new technology, MOOCs are not yet fully understood, in terms of their impact, quality, and effectiveness. In this vein, the MOOCs have the potential to change the face of education, and how teaching is done, but at what cost, or at what benefit? To analyze this phenomenon from the perspective of work and the education industry, the question becomes whether or not the…show more content…
On the other, it is a very quick way to cut the jobs of a vast number of professors. While teaching may not be the only responsibility of a professor, it is an important one. Without the need for teaching, there wouldn’t be students to provide tuition. This would cut out a large source of income for Universities and cause them to further cut their staff. By moving to a virtual workplace, teachers are able to realty reduce the cost for students and reach a much larger number of students but new problems do arise. The decrease in cost is a very important advantage; however, it comes at a price. The large class size required to support this requires grading systems which introduce a number of problems. These can escalate very quickly and require an immense amount of “damage control”. Additionally, if MOOCs become further recognized, a professor could essentially be replacing the entire career of 3 professors each time he teaches a MOOC. This would have huge effects on the education system. All in all, these disadvantages outweigh the advantages in the majority of the situations. However, there are many other factors to consider when evaluating the virtual workplace. Quality of Education To compare the quality of an education, one has to consider the goals of higher education. These goals have been debated for as long as education has been around. The goals can often be separated by two key perspectives: utilitarian and

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