Of course online learning is more effective with a spot of socialising
Five years ago, California’s Stanford University launched three free online courses. The first, an introduction to artificial intelligence, saw 160,000 students take part. This Massive Open Online Course phenomenon – MOOCs for short – quickly attracted the attention of the media and educationalists around the world. Initially hyped as a revolution in further and higher education, MOOCs have rapidly become part of the education landscape. And although the hype has died away, more than 4,500 MOOCs have been presented on dedicated platforms like EdX, Coursera and FutureLearn. The rate of production of new courses in this format continues to increase.