Some of you might remember that I posted a blog about online learning. I enrolled for a free course, “MOOCS and the South African Higher Education Landscape” (moocs.org.za). I have learnt a few interesting facts about online learning and find the discussions interesting.
The assignments are done in the form of a blog. Specific topics are identified. I have copied and pasted the following from my latest blog:
“The landscape of higher education has changed tremendously over the past years. In 1728 the first distance course was offered via e-mail, 1922 the radio came, 1968 TV, 1976 computers and look where we are today: Online learning, a competitive market, is part of these changes. Universities had to take into consideration what the masses need e.g. easier access to education. The effect of globalisation brought along rapid changes in technology which contributed to the development of online learning, a structure that contributed to accommodating more people.”
I was so surprised to learn that the first distance course was offered via E-MAIL in 1728. I almost sounds impossible. When I hear the words ‘distance education’ I immediately think of UNISA.
Starting this online course made me also address the topic on SKILLS UNIVERSE, where I learned more. I find it exciting to learn such a lot in an informal way. I am glad that there are opportunities like this free course and websites like SKILLS UNIVERSE.