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By: M.S.Yatnatti: Editor and Video Journalist Bengaluru: Don't wait educate learn anything and everything. Your journey starts by researching and identifying what you are most suited to learn and upgrade your skills based on time frame .Life is learning experience so learn learn learn. MOOCs: They are available to anyone. And that's why they're becoming a booming business. Sure, many MOOCs are free. But they're also drawing millions of students. That's why platforms like Coursera, edX, and Udacity are partnering with schools to house content. For example, edX started as a consortium between Harvard and MIT - and has since added the University of California at Berkeley and the University of Texas to its membership (along with recently joining forces with Google). Coursera was launched by Stanford professors and offers undergraduate and graduate courses from programs ranging from Wharton to Stanford.

Wikipedia definition of Moocs: A massive open online course (MOOC;) is an online course aimed at unlimited participation and open access via the web. In addition to traditional course materials such as videos, readings, and problem sets, MOOCs provide interactive user forums that help build a community for students, professors, and teaching assistants (TAs). MOOCs are a recent development in distance education which began to emerge in 2012.Early MOOCs often emphasized open access features, such as connectivism and open licensing of content, structure and learning goals, to promote the reuse and remixing of resources. Some later MOOCs use closed licenses for their course materials while maintaining free access for students.

India Universities can blend their courses with Moocs to award degrees : It's a tempting proposition. Universities can blend their courses in their curriculums with mix and match proposition with their regular syllabus and give credit to moocs and regular studies and on completion of both award degrees Imagine taking two MOOCs every eight weeks. You could theoretically finish your MBA in the same time it takes to complete a traditional program. Now, ask yourself these two key questions: 1) Is the right content available? 2) Does it come from a reputable source?

Technology of moocs: According to web reports unlike traditional courses, MOOCs require additional skills, provided by videographers, instructional designers, IT specialists and platform specialists. Georgia Tech professor Karen Head reports that 19 people work on their MOOCs and that more are needed.The platforms have availability requirements similar to media/content sharing websites, due to the large number of enrollees. MOOCs typically use cloud computing. Course delivery involves asynchronous access to videos and other learning material, exams and other assessment, as well as online forums. Before 2013 each MOOC tended to develop its own delivery platform. EdX in April 2013 joined with Stanford University, which previously had its own platform called Class2Go, to work on XBlock SDK, a joint open-source platform. It is available to the public under the Affero GPL open source license, which requires that all improvements to the platform be publicly posted and made available under the same license. Stanford Vice Provost John Mitchell said that the goal was to provide the "Linux of online learning."[132] This is unlike companies such as Coursera that have developed their own platform.According to web reports meanwhile, options for online courses continue to multiply, especially for curious people who aren't necessarily seeking a credential. For-profit Coursera and edX, the nonprofit consortium led by Harvard and MIT, are up to nearly 13 million users and more than 1,200 courses between them. Khan Academy, which began as a series of YouTube videos, is making online instruction a more widely used tool in classrooms around the world. Still questions the effects MOOCs will have exists; for one thing, Many are worried about thesustainable business model on their own for MOOCS But that doesn't mean MOOCs are merely another overhyped technology. Ideas about what they offer, and whom they might help, are evolving as rapidly as the MOOCs themselves.