Could MOOCs quickly
become a major
component of Higher
Brian Mulligan, Institute of Technology Sligo, Ireland
Ray Schroeder, University of Illinois Springfield.
The cost of delivery of a MOOC
need not necessarily be high
and consequently they will
How “lean” could we make a
• 12 x 50 minute live lectures
• Additional open learning materials.
• 12 x quizzes
• 3 x peer assessed assignments
• Access to peer support discussion for a
• What else do we need?
• How much will this cost to deliver?
• Probability that these open courses will become common?
If central formal evaluation of MOOCs
shows positive results, and competency-
based accreditation becomes more
widely acceptable, dis-aggregation will
accelerate and it will become
commonplace for institutions to
substituteMOOCs for their own teaching
and add tuition support and assessment
separately at a much lower cost.
If lots of MOOCs were
available, would Institutions
substitute them for their own
What is the probability of this