MOOCs have many potential advantages over current online training solutions, including:
- You can organize a MOOC in any setting that has connectivity (which can include the Web, but also local connections via Wi-Fi e.g.).
You can organize it in any language you like (taking into account the main language of your target audience).
You can use any online tools that are relevant to your target region or that are already being used by the participants.
- You can move beyond time zones and physical boundaries.
- It can be organized as quickly as you can inform the participants (which makes it a powerful format for priority learning in e.g. aid relief).
- Contextualized content can be shared by all.
- Learning happens in a more informal setting.
- Learning can also happen incidentally thanks to the unknown knowledge that pops up as the course participants start to exchange notes on the course’s study.
You can connect across disciplines and corporate/institutional walls.
- You don’t need a degree to follow the course, only the willingness to learn (at high speed).
- You add to your own personal learning environment and/or network by participating in a MOOC.
- You will improve your lifelong learning skills, for participating in a MOOC forces you to think about your own learning and knowledge absorption