Beyond MOOCs: Sustainable online learning in institutions

Posted on January 19th, 2014

The Centre for Educational Technology, Interoperability and Standards (Cetis) has recently published a report on how MOOCs are driving the potential of open online learning. “The key opportunity for institutions is to take the concepts developed by the MOOC experiment to date and use them to improve the quality of their face-to-face and online provision, and to open up access to higher education,” the report says. “Most importantly, the understanding gained should be used to inform diversification strategies including the development of new business models and pedagogic approaches that take full advantage of digital technologies.” The report identifies three key themes that are emerging from MOOCs: increased openness, new revenue models, and service disaggregation, which can lead to opportunities for institutions to explore and experiment with technology options, pedagogic opportunities, and learner choices.