Online delivery of higher education
Online course delivery by Australian universities has exploded over the last few years, where students can now get university degrees taught entirely through online teaching modes such as webinars, recorded lecturers and group chats.
We’ve also seen the rise of Massive Open Online courses (MOOCS) which are free university courses anyone can take. Many Australian universities, as well as leading global universities, are also producing MOOCs. New private sector companies are also competing in this space, developing platforms and business models devoted solely to online learning.
It is often claimed that MOOCs provide an affordable and flexible way to learn new skills, advance your career and deliver quality educational experiences at scale. However, they do not generally provide academic credit and you may not have a lot of learning support or interaction with the lecturer.
Why the contribution is important
Structural changes in our economy, including digital disruption, are changing the skills that employers need. This requires workers to be adaptable enough to adjust to the changing nature of work and undertake life-long learning, including new forms of learning like micro-credentialing and MOOCs.
- What does this mean for face-to-face learning in higher education, and for university campus culture?
- In your opinion, what are the benefits to online university delivery? We’d love to hear from Australians in regional areas who may be undertaking study online.
- How do you think MOOCs are changing our expectations of higher education?
- What are the benefits and downsides for undertaking MOOCs and other forms of self-directed online learning? How can this form of learning influence someone’s job readiness?
by DigitalEconomyTeam on October 23, 2017 at 06:20PM