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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.