How to get the most value from MOOCs 2

Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) will become a key component of all accredited and non-accredited education and training. Depending on the purpose of the learning intervention, the needs of the students/learners and the learning context, here are examples of ways in which MOOCs can be used:
• As completely new programme offerings, integrated into an existing programme, added to current content, to replace existing content or even to replace modules
• To enrich e-Learning programmes
• For self-directed, independent learning simply to gain knowledge and even develop some skills
• For self-directed, independent learning in order to gain some formal recognition, e.g. confirmation of successful completion or a qualification from an international university
• To enhance existing learning programmes that are mainly delivered through contact sessions
• To supplement accredited learning programmes in a way that enables learners to get credits for MOOC learning
• To replace formal learning programmes
• To supplement and/or replace in-house training linked to Personal Development Plans
• To gain recognition from a professional body for Continuing Professional Development (CPD).
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2 thoughts on “How to get the most value from MOOCs

  • Suzanne Hattingh Post author

    Yes. MOOCs should be an essential tool in the learning landscape. Maybe SETAs will even start realising that and adapt their systems to give more recognition for it.

  • Stuurman Aphane

    This is inescapable in an era of globalisation where technology will continue to reshape our learning experiences to offer interconnectedness, efficiency, convenience, innovation to fostering training and education practices.