Create your own MOOCs and deliver them to learners online

What is MOOC?

Massive Open Online Courses, popularly known as MOOC, are basically online courses which can be taken from anywhere at anytime. The central idea is about making knowledge easily and widely available for anyone who wants to learn. The courses are also open, which means that they’re freely available online.

That being, the term MOOC has come to be associated with not just certain free courses on the Internet. It also includes accredited courses offered by both educational institutions and corporate training organizations. These are paid courses, but in essence they are still MOOCs as a learner from any part of the globe can take these courses and earn a certification.

ProProfs as a MOOC platform

ProProfs serves both as a course authoring tool and a MOOC platform. While learners have free access to thousands of courses on a variety of topics, instructors can create their own MOOC courses and make them available to learners online. In this sense, ProProfs is the ideal MOOC platform, where anyone and everyone can teach or learn via the medium of online courses.

Challenges of MOOC and how ProProfs solves it

Every learning method or system has it’s own challenges. The case with MOOCs is that though it is a noble concept, it fails in reality. From low course completion rates, lack of personalized supervision to translation issues, MOOCs as an ideal solution to bring education to every part of the globe, has its own fair share of challenges.

ProProfs as a course authoring and tracking software, offers instructors a set of powerful features, which helps them overcome most, if not all of these challenges. Some key challenges and their solutions are mentioned below:

Improve course completion rates & meet compliance-  The bane of MOOC has been the case of low course completion rates. Many learners leave the course half-way, either because they are de-motivated or simply forget. With ProProfs, instructors can set course completion dates and send learners timely reminders so that they are motivated to complete the courses on time. Corporates can also meet compliance requirements by setting up certification expiry dates, where automatic notifications are sent to employees reminding them of any pending courses.
Identify learners problems & knowledge gaps-  A typical MOOC course is taken by hundreds if not thousands of learners at a time. Tacking the performance of learners can become difficult. ProProfs solves this by providing instructors with detailed reports that offer insights into key problem areas of learners. These reports help instructors to identify knowledge gaps in the learning process and track the performance of learners over time.
Capture learning experiences on your course using Tin Can API Under unsupervised conditions, tracking whether learners have read or watched all of your course materials may seem like an impossibility. ProProfs helps instructors overcome this hurdle with the help of Tin Can API, which tells instructors, via special reports, exactly which parts of a course learners have interacted with. For instance, they get reports like whether learners watched a video in their course, or viewed a presentation or read an article or clicked a web-link etc.
Adopt a blended learning approach -  Learning styles differ from learn to learner, even more so when you want to reach out a global learner base. A MOOC course has to accommodate all the learning styles, so that no learner feels left out. With ProProfs, instructors can create a course using all kinds of content, from images, videos, PowerPoints, audio, PDFs, articles and even live web-links. This make the course provides a well-rounded and holistic learning experience.
Create courses in 70+ languages -  One of the major challenges of MOOCs has been language. Catering to a global learner base means that you have to create courses in multiple languages. This is especially difficult when creating courses in languages that use different scripts such as Arabic, Chinese and Hindi. ProProfs allows you to create courses in more than 70 + and also facilitates right to left script writing for a language such as Arabic.

What’s in it for businesses?

Businesses can adopt the model of MOOCs, which is creating online courses to training their employees working in different locations. The main benefits for businesses are:

  • Schedule training anywhere, anytime
  • Cut down costs of training costs & time
  • Meet courses compliance requirements
  • Get reports and insights, which help in tracking employees’ performance

Examples of business courses:

What’s in it for teachers?

Teachers can create MOOCs to supplement their classroom curriculum as well as teach those learners who cannot attend actual classes, online:

  • Supplement classroom teaching with online courses
  • Ensure high-course completion rates
  • Offer online accreditation with certificates
  • Track learners performance with reports

Examples of educational courses:

  • sony
  • dell
  • cisco
  • dhl
  • harvard
  • yale
  • phoenix

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