edX, MIT, Khan Academy Transforming Online Education

The president of Stanford University, John Hennessy recently made this statement to the New Yorker concerning higher education- “there’s a tsunami coming”, and it seems as if he may be right. Online education is now throwing open the doors of highly respected institutions all over the country, and students are jumping at the chance to get qualifications with labels such as “MIT” or “Harvard” attached to them.

Research-Oriented Institutions The First To Jump On Board

With the focus of higher education now being shifted to improving the offerings of online courses, institutions that focus on research are now clamoring at the chance to allow students to begin applying for courses, as well as opening up forums, where integral discussions will take place concerning all facets of this type of learning. The amount of information that will be gained through these forums alone has been enough to spur on many establishments to begin allowing students from just about anywhere to apply, and the rest, according to the vice chancellor of Deakin University, will be left behind unless they “embed the opportunities of the internet in their culture and in the way they enhance student experience”.

MIT Reaps The Rewards Of Edx Partnership With Harvard

According to recent reports, 7000 students have already completed an MIT qualification, which is double the number of qualifications that were presented to students during this year’s graduation. The number of students that are currently completing their courses is much higher, and it is thought that the flood gates have not yet been fully opened; many more are expected to sign up as these courses gain ground – and repute – with students all over the world.

The Era Of The MOOC

MOOCs, or Massive Open Online Courses, are said to be nearing the end of the testing phase, and these will allow students the chance to obtain valuable qualifications without having to pay the hefty price tag of a degree earned through a land based institution. These courses will combine simulation labs with videos that seem to bring the lecture right into your own living room.

Once the testing phase has been completed, researchers will be able to determine whether this is an effective method of reaching out to students, all over the world, in order to provide them with valuable opportunities to higher their education without the disadvantages that have become so common with brick-and-mortar institutions, and this is exactly what researchers believe will make all of the difference when the time comes for individuals to make the decision with regards to whether they should further their studies.