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How MOOCs help to enhance your skill and career


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This presentation about using Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) to enhance your skill, increase employability and to manage your career. This is part of the presentation I gave to my employees during one of the employee engagement activities

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How MOOCs help to enhance your skill and career

  1. 1. How you can use “MOOC” (MASSIVE OPEN ONLINE COURSE) to enhance your skills and career Govind Sharma
  2. 2. edX What is a MOOC?
  3. 3. What are MOOCS? Massive Open Online Course  Typically free and credit-less  Being offered by elite universities through partnerships with MOOC providers (such as Coursera)  Open to anyone with an Internet connection  Very large and often have a student enrollment so big (as many as 50,000 or more) that faculty cannot respond to everyone individually  Designed to give students automatic or peer-generated feedback MOOCs are:
  4. 4. MOOC Benefits & Possibilities
  5. 5. MOOC and learning Why MOOC  For continuous learning and improvements  To learn at your own pace  Cost effective method  Rich course content, from top global institutes  You can add new skills or enhance existing one Why learning  Learn or Perish  Need to remain prepared for current job or for the next job  Organization prefer people opting continuous learning  Adding skill is key, having comfort zone is dangerous
  6. 6. How MOOC helps  Organisation may be selective while sending people for training  Organisation may have budget constraint  Organisation may not think you need additional training  You may want to learn something, but budget is constraint  You may be looking for job outside your organisation, but you are outdated to hire and cannot leave a “secured” job.  Crisis are sometime beyond anticipation- so be prepared always.
  7. 7. Sample of MOOC Providers  Apple iTunesU  Canvas  Class2Go  Coursera  CourseSites  edX  Google Course-Builder  Khan Academy  Udacity  Udemy
  8. 8. MOOCs By-the-Numbers  As of Today:  Udacity had over 200,000 people signed up for its courses  EDx:  EdX had 370,000 students  Coursera:  Coursera had reached more than 1.7 million students
  9. 9. MOOC Goals MOOC Goals 1. Offer quality education to the most remote corners of the world. 2. Help people further their careers. 3. Help people expand intellectual and personal networks with strong communities.
  10. 10. MOOC Benefits & Possibilities Students can make global connections.
  11. 11. MOOC Benefits & Possibilities MOOCs will have an important impact in two ways: 1. Importing teaching (global reach of instructors and topics). 2. Freedom to chose your course at almost at nil cost
  12. 12. MOOC Benefits & Possibilities The Innovative University Christensen and Eyring Customize your education according to how you learn best! Without disrupting traditional brick and mortar schools!
  13. 13. MOOC Benefits & Possibilities MOOCs could cut the large costs of higher education, which in the US have increased by 360% above inflation since 1986.
  14. 14.  In India  In India, we lack quality education and training. Hardly handful institutes are worth in the quality  Distance as well as conventional education qualities are not good, mostly outdated or costly
  15. 15.  MOOC s regular conference/ training/ MDPs  It is almost impossible for anybody to learn in one day conference  If not utilized/ practiced immediately, most of the people forget what they have learnt – so there is no RoI on money individual and organisation put  MOOCs are audio visual and participatory. It is a collaborative learning too.
  16. 16.  What kind of courses available in MOOCs? Almost any course you want- from your personal interest to courses related to your career.
  17. 17.  Examples- Courses for IT  Software Defined Networking (Coursera) In this course, you will learn about software defined networking and how it is changing the way communications networks are managed, maintained, and secured. Mining Massive Datasets (Coursera)  This class teaches algorithms for extracting models and other information from very large amounts of data. The emphasis is on techniques that are efficient and that scale well. There are 100 of such courses available
  18. 18.  Example of MOOC courses for Legal  The Governance of Nonprofit Organizations (Coursera)- State University of New York  ContractsX: From Trust to Promise to Contract (edX)- from HarvardX  English Common Law: Structure and Principles (Coursera)- University of London
  19. 19.  For Finance  Financial Analysis of Entrepreneurial Ideas (NovoEd)  Financial Engineering and Risk Management Part I (Coursera)- Columbia University  International Finance (MRUniversity)
  20. 20.  Others  How to Read Your Boss (and most of us fail in this  )- The University of Nottingham  How to Succeed at: Interviews (If you fail in above ) (FutureLearn)- The University of Sheffield
  21. 21.  How to enroll for an MOOC course?  Visit any of the following website:      There are other websites too. Go, search and register for a programme you like
  22. 22.  Questions  Are all of these programmes free- in most of the cases yes, for few courses no. If you need a valid University certificate, then you need to pay  Is there any timeline to complete the course- Yes, in the most of the cases. Few courses are without time limit to complete  Do I need to complete specific day of time?- No, chose your own place, time and pace but complete within the deadline
  23. 23.  Issues in the MOOC
  24. 24. MOOC Challenges  Few typically stick through the duration of the class  Engaging students without overwhelming them  Student experiences and socializing are done virtually and without real-world tangibility  Students must be responsible for their own learning  Credential models are still emerging  Grading is imperfect  Cheating is a reality  Completion rate is hardly 5%
  25. 25. The Future of MOOCs  MOOCs are here to stay and evolving rapidly.  Expectations and methods of presentation will likely standardize over time, becoming more consistent and predictable.  Large classes may be used as outreach tools.  Institutions may open their content to a wider audience and extend their reach within the community.
  26. 26. MOOC success stories  How Katie Leonard got a job through MOOC  individuals-succeed/  How McAfee changed to MOOC for training and did turn around for its sales moocs-will-revolutionize-corporate-learning-development/
  27. 27. How to Succeed in MOOC  Do not opt too much courses, typically opt 1 or 2 course at a time  Participate in the discussion with other students, that provides lot of insight and learning  Remain self disciplined  Decide what you want to learn and why  Complete Assignments and re-read them
  28. 28. Conclusion MOOCs are good option as if you do not prepare yourself for the next level, you will perish Any questions??