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Does MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) have the ability to change the landscape of higher education in developing countries?

A Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) is delivery of online courses predominantly in the higher education/ vocational space that is aimed at large-scale interactive participation and open access via the Internet. This concept is relatively new but has obtained a critical mass with a wide number of colleges and universities and professors offering their courses to the students. It aims to provide an interactive place for the students and professors to come together.
The success of MOOC is evident that many of the ivy-league and other well renowned colleges now offer their courses through this route and much of it is free. It is a boon for the students of the world as they get to interact with the best in the academia without the associated cost and travel; it also offers the convenience of time as it is left to the students to pace their learning. Is MOOC the panacea for the problems faced by the higher education in developing and emerging markets, will it usurp the students from the existing universities, what will be the implications on research, is it an indirect route followed by the MOOC to tap into the student population of the emerging markets who are the key drivers of their higher education courses. Kindly provide your views and Analysis on the Impact of MOOC in Higher Education across the various stakeholders.

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    Apr 2 2014: Yes, it's a good idea to develop the earth. And it should be compulsory in all earth by UN low for none literacy.
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    Apr 1 2014: There are ideas I come across that should be used, and this is one of them.

    I encourage you to keep sharing this with others and if you are lucky a few things can happen 1. it will happen by means of your active participation, 2. someone will steal your idea and/or 3. it eventually will happen anyways.

    There are already a great number of universities and colleges that offer their course materials to anyone who wishes to access them. However, to my knowledge, there is no such university that actually offers credit hours to students on a massive scale via online courses. For a university to be without borders would take a lot of political and social reform in the areas (countries) who are interested. Language barriers are an issue, cultural sensitivity can become a cause for concern, and or even just general bigotry and/or racism can cause issue (what if a teacher KNOWS his audience and class are people s/he does not particularly like?).

    Overall, and I have seen these TED talks and enjoyed them, we are looking at more issues than just 'wanting to see this occur' we are looking at changing how we already run this world.

    To implement a system where education can become available to anyone with internet access, a way to pay digitally, and the desire... I am thinking this can only happen after there is more worry about the future of humanity and less worry about nationalism.

    As far as materials to learn from, there are near infinite resources available. As far as individuals who are able to take credit hours on the internet (through a university)... that too exist. But now to do both of the above on a massive scale... It would take a lot more work than just proposed in a simple conversation on But it's a start.

    I hope someone uses this idea, steals it even... it would be just so positive that I am surprised there is not more conversation about this and how it would look and what it would be like and how it would function!
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      Apr 1 2014: I believe University of the People does this. Their founder spoke at TED 2014.
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        Apr 1 2014:

        Indeed. In my hasty ignorance, I did not investigate further.

        But the college only offers business administration and computer science and is not offered to every state in the U.S.A. Interesting.
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          Apr 1 2014: I think UOP is launching by doing what they think can be done best in online form. These subjects are the most in demand by the student population the founder, based, I think, in the UK, most wants to reach, which are people in the developing world.

          Right now I believe UOP has enrolled fewer than 2000 students, but they intend to scale up.
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    Mar 29 2014: I am sorry you have received no responses to your often asked question.

    For every talk you linked, though, you can look at the comments below.

    For other resources, there is a good article written by Clay Shirky, I don't remember in which publication, in which he makes the case that the MOOCs are a challenge to the bottom tier of colleges but not truly to those that provide the sort of high quality that we associate with university. Universities have adjusted to incorporate some MOOC strengths in their regular courses, like applets and quizlets.

    My observation is that the MOOCs challenge the satellite programs of such schools, like their distance learning or university extension programs, but not their base programs for residential students.

    Another interesting place to look for articles, if you want also the point of view less in vogue, perhaps, would be to look in the Chronicle of Higher Education. That publication has an interest, of course, in promoting the idea of the MOOCs as being a poor substitute, but that does not automatically mean the analyses there will be wrong.

    Have you had an opportunity yet to take a MOOC course? I am now on my fourth and can share from that my personal observations. The quality of the presentation is highly variable and different in pitch from one course to another. For example, I started one course I expected to be at a college level and found that it was more at the level appropriate for twelve years old. The other three with which I am familiar are appropriately pitched for college.

    But the quality of assessment is not the same in the sense that what you are required to understand and be able to do to pass is very different from the comparable course at its university. The MOOC versions with which I have experience check only whether you were listening and whether you post on the forum. So passing is not competency

    Some courses are starting to have proctored tests, which helps verify that a student learned something.