•They are free, open cases and online
higher education courses.
•They use different online resources such
as videos &message boards to capitalise
classes by encouraging peer learning
•MOOC’s enable students to access high
quality academic content and an
opportunity to engage with a wider
•They can help meet the demand for long
career education through low-cost and
•MOOC’s offer a chance for many people,
wherever and whoever they are, to follow
courses led by distinguished scholars and
to connect with a community of likeminded fellow learners globally.
• Access to the courses is free, thus,
academics & institutions are able to
communicate with diverse people.
Other paid-for services
services or tuition support services.
•By diversifying learning pathways
MOOC’s may help to expand the
opportunities for institutions to offer
rounded developmental education.
•These developments are part of a change
in attitude towards online spaces across
our lives. They help us from:
banking & retail, media & publishing , to
online friendship & social networking
•Increased access to the web and new
digital technologies have reshaped many
areas of life from:
broadcasting & publishing to
The introduction of 3G & 4G networks
increased mobile connections.
•Mobile connectivity devices
smart phones, is increasing in emergency
economies, including China.
cMOOC- courses based more closely on
the original ‘connectivist’ distributed peer
learning model e.g. MOOC, connectivism
& connective knowledge.
xMOOC- courses are structured around
more conventional lecture formats e.g.
Coursera, edX & Udacity.
Coursera: offers over 300 courses from
a range of subjects including Life
Sciences and Biology (25 courses).
Futurelearn: it aims to deliver an
engaging & entertaining learning
experience & allows people to fit
learning into and around their everyday
•Enrolment on MOOC’s continues to grow
as the number of courses & institutions
offering xMOOC’s in particular has
increased from 20000 to 60000 initial
MY FIELD OF INTEREST
•Genetics is definitely a topic to pursue in
MOOC’s because it is modern and it uses
advanced technology to find out data and
for data collection e.g. Gel electrophoresis
& DNA profiling.