Open Access

The Future of MOOCs: Adaptive Learning or Business Model?

  • John Daniel1Email author,
  • Esteban Vázquez Cano2 and
  • Mercè Gisbert Cervera3
International Journal of Educational Technology in Higher Education201512:12010064

https://doi.org/10.7238/rusc.v12i1.2475

Received: 15 December 2014

Accepted: 15 December 2014

Published: 15 January 2015

Abstract

Currently, many MOOCs are designed as a collection of videos with a forum using some traditional distance learning models, but they do not promote adaptive and personalized learning. These features, together with the quality of the training process, must be the main challenges for the coming years.

These types of courses can have a formative role in higher education, not only in countries where MOOCs are already offered but also in less economically developed countries. To make this possible MOOCs must adopt different teaching strategies to promote personalized learning and offer some form of accreditation and certification.

The future of MOOCs can be understood if we approach it from five dimensions: the teaching model, monetization, certification, adaptive learning and MOOCs for developing countries.

Keywords

MOOC adaptive learning certification higher education teaching model quality