MOOCs – A New Ray Of Hope For Nigerian StudentsPosted: January 18, 2014
With the onset of New Year, people are busy making resolutions, which usually get abandoned before the month of January comes to an end. One thing that people should keep in mind is to make realistic and goal oriented resolutions that could be maintained. Enrolling in an online course in New Year, or completing the online course you registered for in the previous year may be the right resolution for the career enthusiasts.
Taking an online course is viable for most career conscious people. If you are flirting with the idea of enrolling in a part time master’s programme, getting admission in an online course would prove as a great boost to your career prospects. Some leading institutions have come up with free online courses, enrolling in which might prove beneficial to your career.
Virtues of online courses
When it comes to enrolment and completion of online courses, you do not have to run from pillar to posts. You just need to register, wait for the date of beginning of classes, watch the video presentations, take weekly quizzes for the entire course duration, and take the final exam. The best part is that you do not require reading, as you can assimilate and conceptualise the information just by watching the video presentation of classes. At the end of the course duration, you are given a statement of course completion and a verified certificate of completion from the university that is sponsoring the course.
Massive Open Online Courses
Online courses are not new phenomena, as they have been in existence for a long time now. But, they are the latest part in the evolution of Open and Distance Learning (ODL) approaches. The information and communication technology revolution in the 21st century has expanded and liberalised the online learning method. In particular, the quick development of Web 2.0 tools has given the open access to the learning resources and led to the inception of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs)
Top MOOCs providers
The top ranking global institutions have put their money in some of the distinguished MOOCs providers, such as Udacity, edX, Coursera, and Courseware. These MOOCs providers offer courses, which are affiliated by the top ranking universities in the world. For example, Coursera runs in the partnership with Princeton University, Stanford University, University of Pennsylvania and different other elite institutions from across the world. Students have the option to choose from a wide array of courses in different career fields, such as medical, engineering, economics, science, finance, and languages, all provided by renowned academicians.
MOOCs in underprivileged regions, like Nigeria
To many people, all of these things seem revolutionary. MOOCs hold a great potential to spread the best of knowledge in the underprivileged regions of the world. It has digitised and liberalised the best of education facilities. According to the Washington Post, MOOCs are elite education for the masses. However, there are certain constraints and limitations, such as internet infrastructure, certification, electricity, mainstreaming education acceptance, that need to be sorted out for the better and wider reach of MOOCs in developing countries, including Nigeria.
In spite of some shortcomings, MOOCs have started to attract the attention of career enthusiasts around the world, including Nigeria and other underdeveloped African nations. So, if you are looking for ways and means to improve yourself and rise in your career, you must look up the options being made available to you by the leading online course providers.