MOOCs (Massive Open Online Course) are fee non-degree online courses with open unlimited global enrollment to anyone who desries to learn and regardless of their current educational level. Those kind of online courses seems that they can ever replace college, but the reality does not. The Wall Street Journal introduces some ideas of experts in terms of the MOOC and the experts suggest that “in the technology’s early days, it remains to be seen whether this promise can be realized.” (The Wall Street Journal, 2013). Although there are unlimited possibilities that MOOCs can change higher education, they ultimately miss the one important thing-“interaction between professors and students” (Newsome, 2013). Moreover, in terms of MOOCs, “Intellectual property and financial details are issues” (Peterson, 2013). Therefore, I believe the MOOCs cannot replace college, and there should be more research to make it available.
Newsome, J. (2013, October 13). MOOCs: Online courses might change face of higher education. News & Record. Retrieved from http://www.news-record.com/news/article_48f3fd9c-33b1-11e3-b180-0019bb30f31a.html
The Opportunities-and Risks-in the MOOC Business Model. (2013, October 15). The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved from http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702304561004579135363266072976.html
Peterson, D. (2013, July 24). The Pros and Cons of MOOCS. About.com. Posted to http://adulted.about.com/od/Adult-Education-in-the-U.S./a/The-Pros-And-Cons-Of-Moocs.htm