The influence of MOOCs in encouraging institutions and organizations to (also) offer their services online

Posted by: admin at March 24th, 2014

The MOOCs seem to be more and more convenient for both students and professors worldwide, giving each student the possibility to follow the classes regardless of any logistic issues that have to be taken into consideration in the case of offline courses. The problem has been debated long enough, and although there is no clear sentence to be applied on an international scale what’s most important is this massive trend of creating all sorts of (open and closed) online platforms in order to substitute the classical teaching behavior. Of course there is a large number of consequences to be taken into consideration, especially concerning the student-teacher relationship, but what’s more important is that most of the world’s highly important universities have a policty concerning this democratization of the courses. Lately, even the most conservative educational institutions have followed this trend, among which the most relevant examples are Harvard and Education Investor, prestige universities claiming for the mass availability of their learning programs.

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But what makes the subject of online mass interest besides the universities’ online classes held for the mass public interested in different specific domains and branches is the possibility to anticipate a trend among other entities offering educational services. Perhaps the most important of these are the online language degrees which are highly possible to be largely available online in the near future. This tendency of liberalization and democratization of the educational act itself is not going to have an impact on the prices and fees paid by the students in order to obtain the future’s online degrees. However, as the language certificates are highly important whenever a student wishes to follow the courses of foreign universities or even to apply for a qualified job position in the field of study he’s got a degree in, it’s also highly possible that this tendency will extend online.

The advantages of this mass offer are only going to cause an increase in the request on the targeted market of services. The students are more likely to be found interesteinby online events and programs than by offline ones as the most research in social psychology sho the , reason for which being online constitutes a huge advantage for the language degree service providers. Generating income by offering online language degrees is going to make the service providers more popular among students. Technologic breakthroughs show that once a trend is started its online life is prone to last as much as the content of the service is truly useful and satisfying. In the case of foreign languages this would bring vital advantages and has the potential of even raising the level of students’ knowledge in terms of number of languages mastered.

Another mention is important. Developing all sorts of applications for beginners to start learning new foreign languages makes possible the transfer towards this branch of activity. In other words, there are technological premises for this to happen in the near future. It’s not even a matter of what our children will be learning, but how our siblings are going to assimilate new languages and get degrees. As one of the most disputed tests is testing the level of skills concerning the spoken language, application based on voice recognition can be improved in order to identify the level of corectness of the spoken content. As there already exists an impressive number of applications focused on virtual written conversations, there is also the chance that those can be extrapolated to verbal communication. The nature of variables to be taken into consideration isn’t scarry for the software developers, meaning that the fluency and certainty can be identified and a number of points (depending on which the grades are going to vary) are going to be allocated to each of these as well. This sort of development in allocating online language degrees is meant to both stimulate the students and the service providers to continue their activities and contribute to the informational background of the students. The level of higher education can (if not significantly, then at least nuanced) increase based exclussively on the information (i.e. the students’ accessibility to online language degrees) specially delivered to the students. Awareness is highly important in starting trends among the recipients of higher education and since technology allows this to happen, the democratization of language courses and degrees has all the premises to be thought of as both convenient and sustainable.

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