Free online university courses: are 'Moocs' a gamble? | Online Higher Education Forum |
Twelve British universities are launching a free online course – or "Mooc" – service called Futurelearn. Mike Boxall explains why they're right to invest their financial futures in this untested model. It is still very early days for the Mooc phenomenon, which has come from almost nowhere in just a year. It probably will not presage the demise of established universities, as some have predicted. But it will bring higher education irrevocably into the internet age, and change the rules of the learning game forever.