In 2015 we have found out that over 70% of the US adult population do not have college degrees. This was spelled out further by proving that adults whose age is between 25 and above constitutes the “adult population” described in this statement by the Presidential, Rick Santorum.
This was an alarming revelation to US Americans and the concern about how to make these adults progress in their careers of choice was brought to the table. The need for Massive Open Online Courses also known as MOOCs was intensified since that time. As of 2017 we have over 800 universities that offer MOOCs serving a total of 9,400 different online courses that can help the undergraduate advance their careers or set foot in new and more rewarding career paths. Since 2012 there has been a drastic growth of interest in enrolling to MOOCs and we are seeing that the number of enrolments is plateauing at 23 million learners as of last year. It is crucial to understand that this industry is peaking and that we are observing how the enrolments are becoming more sustainable.
Stanford: A Leader in Education, A Leader in Providing Online Courses:
The Stanford University is one of the world-class universities that offer Online Courses. They have a wide-array of e-learning courses that will give us the opportunity to advance our career or introduce us to new courses that may give us the opportunity to become more successful.
Stanford University fully support the idea that the future of higher education is going digital. Allowing people who are currently working to study courses online at their own time and award them with certificates spell the difference between stagnation and progress. We can find Stanford University Online Courses at each level including Master’s degree, Professional and Graduate Certificate along with graduate credit and CME. Stanford University MOOCs cover diversified learning areas including Mathematics, Computer Science, Health Sciences, Business & Entrepreneurship, Social Science and more.
Benefits of MOOCs:
There are many benefits to taking higher education online and Stanford plays an active role in making free MOOCs available to the public in order to contribute to their education and advancement. Here are the positive impacts that the MOOC has brought:
- The profession of teaching is better appreciated now more than ever. Devising and planning MOOC courses have clearly brought up the importance of research for the design of course and the science of learning. Teachers are put in more active roles to engage in the active-learning of their students who might not necessarily be in a usual class room set up.
- MOOCs led for people to work in teams to design and create online courses. Teachers became greatly involved with librarians, researchers and developers to execute and make an online course viable and successful. This collaboration of effort has been rarely seen in the past but now we see that this is becoming normal.
As we are moving further into this fast-paced digital age, the demand for higher education will just tremendously increase as we are seeing now. With the help of universities and colleges all around the world, we will be able to collectively provide education to our populations through this revolutionary way of offering knowledge- thru MOOCs. Now you can study at the comfort of your own home without sacrificing your job and not compromising your obligations that you still need to attend to. Education is a right. We all deserve to have it.