Anyone who has been paying attention to higher education this year will have heard of the MOOC – courses from prestigious universities offered for free online.
There’s been great interest in them from academics and students alike. And the major players are already establishing themselves and their place in the market – edX, Udacity andCoursera to name a few.
Even though there are concerns about plagiarism, increasingly universities are considering giving course credit for completion of these subjects. The evaluation process has already begun in America with a new project by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to assess whether these courses are worthy of credit towards a degree or diploma.