Understanding the MOOC Trend

The Adoption and Impact of Massive Open Online Courses

Topics: MOOCs, Online Education, Academic Affairs

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By reading this study, members will understand:

  • What makes MOOCs an important and unique development in online course delivery
  • The potential disruptive impact of MOOCs on various institutional segments and offerings
  • Lessons in online and hybrid learning that are likely to transform instruction in the next 5 to 10 years

Executive Summary

Massive Open Online Courses, or MOOCs, have quickly become a powerful force in higher education, enjoying popularity among the world’s most elite institutions and attracting millions of students across the globe. Will these experiments in large-scale instruction and certification prove to be truly disruptive, or will they serve primarily to enhance the brand and virtual footprint of well-endowed institutions? Will students and employers begin to view MOOC offerings as viable alternatives to conventional credentials? This report seeks to address these questions and outline lessons from the frontier of online instruction that colleges and universities might apply in their own curricula.

Top Lessons