The OER Knowledge Cloud makes use of cookies. By continuing, you consent to this use. More information.
Massive open online courses for Africa by Africa
Journal Article
IRRODL
Volume 15, Issue 6, Pages 1-13
Published October 2014

ABSTRACT
Africa is known for inadequate access to all sorts of human needs including health, education, food, shelter, transport, security, and energy. Before the emergence of massive open online courses (MOOCs), open access to higher education (HE) was exclusive of Africa. However, as a generally affordable method of post-secondary education delivery, MOOCs place the developing countries at the centre of universal access to HE. This paper provides the strategy for MOOC implementation in the context of limited resources in Africa. The strategy is clustered under five baseline requirements: national accredited MOOC curriculum, electronic content development, development of an online and offline eLearning platform, establishment and funding of MOOC coordination units at public HEIs, and establishment of MOOC access hubs at strategic locations. Emerging from this paper is the insight that a new era of universal access to HE in Africa is achievable through MOOCs only if initial requirements are met by the respective governments.


Region: Africa
ISSN: 1492-3831

Refereed: Yes



Click a star to be the first to rate this document


POST A COMMENT
SIMILAR RECORDS

Effectiveness of integrating MOOCs in traditional classrooms for undergraduate students
Israel, Maria Joseph; Conrad, Dianne; McGreal, Rory
The idea of a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) has attracted a lot of media attention in the last couple of years. MOOCs have been used mostly as stand-alone online courses without credits. However, some researchers, ...
Match: MOOC, higher education, e-learning

MOOCs in Europe: Overview of papers representing a collective European response on MOOCs as presented during the HOME conference in Rome November 2015
Bang, Joergen; Dalsgaard, Christian; Kjaer, Arne; O’Donovan, Maria; et al.
Table of contents Foreword Part 1: Regional MOOC initiatives Building OOC layers on top of existing courses (M)OOCs in Iceland: Language and learning communities EduOpen network in Italy Par
Match: MOOC, higher education, e-learning

MOOCs and open education around the world
Bonk, Curtis J.; Lee, Mimi Miyoung; Reeves, T C.; Reynolds, Taylor
As new digital forms of formal and informal learning proliferate, there is an increasing need to better understand how people in different regions of the world are implementing massive open online courses (MOOCs) and ...
Match: MOOC, higher education, Africa

Disrupting and transforming the university
Lucas, Henry
Are universities about to be disrupted the way Kodak, Borders, and Blockbuster, all recently in bankruptcy, were disrupted? Blended courses, online learning, and MOOCs are moving at light speed compared to the typical ...
Match: MOOC, higher education

Democratising higher education through open education resources: From Commitment to Action
Kanwar, Asha
I will first look at the context of higher education and some of the initiatives that have been taken to democratise education. I will then bring you some examples of how OER are being harnessed to increase access, ...
Match: MOOC, higher education

MOOCS and open education: Implications for higher education
Yuan, Li; Powell, Stephen
Executive Summary 1.1. THE FOCUS OF THE REPORT This report sets out to help decision makers in higher education institutions gain a better understanding of the phenomenon of Massive Online Open Courses (MOOCs) ...
Match: MOOC, higher education

Opportunities in online education -Staying ahead of the curve: The case of the MOOC
Wood, Michael T.
I propose to share with you today some personal thoughts about MOOCs. I claim no particular expertise or corner of the market. However, I have taught extensively in the classroom, online, and in the corporate boardroom. ...
Match: MOOC, higher education

Why openess in education?
Wiley, David A.; Green, Cable; Oblinger, Diana. G.
In this chapter, we explore a number of ways openness affects the practices of teaching and learning and the motivations behind supporters of these emergent practices. We discuss the three principal influences of ...
Match: MOOC, higher education

Implementation of Tel Aviv University MOOCs in academic curriculum: A pilot study
Soffer, Tal; Cohen, Anat; McGreal, Rory; Conrad, Dianne
The study presented in this paper examines the feasibility of using MOOCs as a learning environment in academic courses. This paper focuses on the students who participated in two MOOCs offered by Tel Aviv University ...
Match: MOOC, higher education

Assessment in Massive Open Online Courses
Admiraal, Wilfried; Pilli, Olga; Huisman, Bart
Open online distance learning in higher education has quickly gained popularity, expanded, and evolved, with Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) as the most recent development. New web technologies allow for scalable ...
Match: MOOC, higher education