Library Operating Hours for Monday, 6 July 2020 : 8.00AM - 6.00PM
Home

Links

The Impact and Reach of MOOCs: A Developing Countries’ Perspective
Posted on 04 November 2013 by Shahril Effendi Bin Ibrahim (Senior Librarian)
Authorship Details
Tharindu Liyanagunawardena
Shirley Williams
Andrew Adams
Publication Details
Language: 
English
Resource Type: 
Article
Publication Date: 
2013
Publication Title: 
eLearning Papers
Publisher: 
elearningeuropa.info
Issue or Number: 
33
ISBN / ISSN: 
1887-1542
Summary
Massively Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are a recent but hugely popular phenomenon in the online learning world. They are hailed by many as a solution for the developing world’s lack of access to education because MOOCs can provide learning opportunities to a massive number of learners from anywhere in the world as long as they can access the course through Internet. However, a close consideration of the ability of learners from most developing countries to make use of MOOCs seems to contradict this rhetoric. This paper discusses features of MOOCs and looks at them from a developing countries’ perspective to conclude that due to a complicated set of conditions (‘access’, language, computer literacy among others) prevailing in developing countries, MOOCs may not be a viable solution for education for a large proportion of people in these areas of the world. The paper further shows the need for more data on the demographics of MOOC participants from developing countries to form a better understanding of MOOCs role in educating people from developing countries. (Abstract by authors)
Full Text Download Resource Type
Download Full Text Article

Copyright© Library, OUM 2013, All Rights Reserved
Latest updated: 23th July 2013

Get in touch with us