MOOCs & MOODLES – Are You An Educational Futurist?

On Massive Open Online Courses

By Dr. David Edward Marcinko MBA


Today, colleges and universities are beginning to identify students who are adept at learning online and reward top achievers and professors. Employers, graduate and business schools are beginning to troll MOOCs [massive open online courses] seeking viable job, and academic, candidates.


A massive open online course ( MOOC / m uː k / ) is an online course aimed at unlimited participation and open access via the web.  In addition to traditional course materials such as filmed lectures, readings, and problem sets , many MOOCs provide interactive courses with user forums to support community interactions among students, professors, and teaching assistants (TAs) as well as immediate feedback to quick quizzes and assignments.



In fact, when I last checked, the nation’s graduate, B-school and MBA students were enrolled in more than 118 online MBA/MPH/MSH healthcare administration programs. MOOCs offer greater access for a larger number of students, at significantly lower costs than on-site programs.

By the same token, technology like Blackboard®, Cengage, eXplorance, BANNER and Kalture must be used to full potential. Smart phones, PCs and tablets, videos, interactive games, A.I. simulators and apps with Skype®-like virtual classrooms and cloud storage are obvious embellishments to online initiatives.




A Moodle is a free and open-source learning management system written in PHP and distributed under the GNU General Public License. Developed on pedagogical principles, Moodle is used for blended learning, distance education, flipped classroom and other e-learning projects in schools, universities, workplaces and other sectors.

Note: PHP is a popular general-purpose scripting language that is especially suited to web development. Fast, flexible and pragmatic, PHP powers everything from your blog to the most popular websites in the world.


ASSESSMENT: Your thoughts are appreciated. Are you a didactic educational futurist? MOOCs or MOODLES anyone?


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