Pedagogies for massive open online vocational learning

Most of the literature and reports on MOOC students’ profiles show that they usually are highly educated learners, who participate in a MOOC looking for specializations. See, for example, a recent study by Dillahunt et al (2014), which analyzes the comparison of the results of six courses in Coursera, shows that MOOCs are primarily taken by people with high level degrees and now financial constraints to access education.

This data indicates that MOOCs are, somehow, use as a content for well-educated lifelong learners. However, there are still some challenges that need to be addressed :

  1.  How MOOCs fit into lifelong learners lives with less formal education? Do we need a different model for them? Coursera have started an initiative called Coursera Learning Hubs that aims at establishing a physical network of spaces to help people with lower incomes access MOOCs. This, from my point of view, can be a good initiative to address this challenge that deserves further exploration.
  2.  How can companies benefit from the MOOCs available to form their employees? In a market that changes fast and requires employees to be constantly updated, MOOCs can play a fundamental role. However, there is a need of looking for models that fit the interests of the industry. One possibility would be to use existing MOOCs and extend them with the particular content they actually need and use them as a complement for their employees

Main points about MMOC:

-Open online vocational learning essential for youth employment and addressing skills gaps in Europe

-qMOOC : qualifications and skills construction through authentic tasks & e-portfolios in an open, transparent process

-Next frontier : a theoretically-driven, motivational framework on MOOCs design

-Social 3d Virtual Immersive Environments, Virtual & Augmented Reality applications very promising for flexible vocational training