MOOCs on the Rise

The number of Massively Open Online Courses available in 2013 has more than doubled over 2012. Major providers of MOOCs

are Coursera, Udacity and EdX, all of which offer certificates. Coursera is the largest with $22 million in funding, 210 courses and 37 participating schools including Stanford University and the University of California at Irvine.

Thomas Friedman, co-author of “That Use to Be Us” and New York Times columnist, shares why MOOCs are vital to education.

“Institutions of higher learning must move … from a model of ‘time served’ to a model of ‘stuff learned.’ Because increasingly the world does not care what you know. Everything is on Google. The world only cares, and will only pay for, what you can do with what you know.”

The MOOCs revolution, Friedman claims is real. As proof, he points to a blended model that was used for an electronics course at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology last fall. “Preliminary numbers indicate that those passing the class went from nearly 60 percent to about 90 percent.”

The first MOOC, “Connectivism and Connective Knowledge,” was offered late in 2008. The movement’s breakthrough event, however, came in 2011 when a Stanford University MOOC attracted more than 150,000 online enrollees.

—Sources: New York Times, nerdwallet

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