In the recent time online education resources plays a very important role
in sharing the information, students and teachers also benefit from it at a large
scale.(Adams, Liyanagunawardena, Rassool, & Williams, 2013)
A MOOC is an online course which connects students from across the globe
and facilitates learning mutually and also with the help of the experts. It provides
a strong networking. To enroll to these courses you don’t need any prerequisites
such as entry fee or entry criteria (McAuley, Stewart, Siemens, & Cormier,
Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) is rapidly growing and changing the
role of higher education and employee development in general. Most of these
courses offered are free of cost and they do not require any prerequisites and
no class size constraint (Sharples et al, 2012).
A Massive Open Online Courses provide different platforms to students and
these platforms provide different subjects of specialization which the learners
can choose giving them vast choices. This helps the students to gather as much
information they can and also share this information which in turn helps them
to increase their network across the globe. They can indulge in various activities
such as watching videos, posting blogs, and commenting via social media
platforms (Thompson, 2011).
MOOCs allows large participation of students from different corners of
the world but downside is that there is very low completion rate that means dropout
rate is high. (Balsh, 2013).
Rivard (2013) pointed out that hundreds of thousands of people across the
world are signing up for MOOCs. There is no course fee as they offered free. There
are no prerequisites of these online courses but still only few complete the
course and get the certificate.
With the arrival of MOOCs online learning have certainly been beneficial
to the traditional classroom learning. Online learning has mainly been the
domain for open universities. Online learning in the current form of MOOCs has
been hailed as transformative, disruption, and a game changer (Leckart, 2012)