Online education is beginning to show itself as a disruptive innovation, introducing more convenient and affordable services that can transform sectors.
Online (higher) education or E-learning, will change the way students will learn and it will help serve students who cannot afford traditional on campus teaching today. With globalization it is inevitable that traditional learning processes will be challenged and prestigious universities may lose their competitive advantages to the benefit of more collaborative and multicultural entities.
However the need for face to face meetings will still be there. The students may meet in person in local clusters to work on projects while using online materials instead than on campus classes.
The word MOOC has been introduced to designate MASSIVE OPEN ONLINE COURSES (FREE ONLINE COURSES) OFFERED BY THE BEST UNIVERSITIES AND ENTITIES. Already many universities offer online free courses The top three MOOC-makers are Coursera, Udacity, and EdX
Another trend in education is crowd-sourcing, an open way to solve complex problems by using social media tools to get fresh ideas through group collaboration. For example, I use Memrise.com, an online learning platform that users feed with their own ideas on how to memorize a specific topic.
See on www.nytimes.com
- Why online education won’t kill your campus
- A complete list of Massive Open Online Courses
- Will MOOCs Change the Way Professors Handle the Classroom?
- Education for All Crowdsourcing Challenge