2012 - The year that marked itself in the history of Higher Ed and online learning - the year when the MOOC revolution started making education open to everyone who is interested in learning irrespective of their age, background knowledge and financial status. It was autumn 2011 when Sebastian Thrun recorded his Stanford class lectures on Artificial Intelligence and made it available online. No wonder why 180,000 students were attracted to it. And soon after, Coursera, edX and Udacity came forward with access to quality education material, solving the problem of increasing debt on students. Since then, more than 8 million students have registered for online courses and successfully completed them.
Despite bringing such disruptive change in the pedagogy of learning, MOOCs have always faced questions related to their effectiveness. We are still not sure if MOOCs are as effective, or more effective in imparting valuable learning experiences to learners, than sitting in a classroom. The key question now is to focus on issue of learner engagement. While the MOOC platforms and the technologies they use have been ever progressing, yet they are in their infancy when it comes down to engaging learners. Keep on Reading!