Massive Open Online Courses have been deemedboth as a disruption as well as the biggest experiment of ourtimes in higher education. Higher Education Institutions (HEIs)are facing a lot of heat owing to competition and rising costs. This work looks at Massive Open Online courses through the lensof Higher Education and its expected outcomes. Using acomparative framework, we map the expected outcomes of highereducation against popular global MOOCs and the recentlylaunched Indian version - SWAYAM to evolve the strengths andweaknesses inherent to both modes. Global MOOC platformsscore highest on student centric parameters including learningdesign, opportunities for lifelong learning, better accessibility. The strength of SWAYAM lies in its qualitative evaluation systemsas well as recognition of credits, equity of access andaffordability. Traditional HEIs have a clear edge over globalMOOCs and SWAYAM in terms of long term impact on citizenand society building and shaping individual opinions.
Anitha Kaveri, Dr. Deepak Gupta, Dr. Sangeetha G, and Maheshwar Pratap, “Convergence or Divergence: MOOCs and Legacy of Higher Education Outcomes”, Proceedings - 2016 IEEE 4th International Conference on MOOCs, Innovation and Technology in Education, MITE 2016. Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc., pp. 20-24, 2016.