Friday, December 23, 2016

Deakin University leads the world in disrupting traditional education - Tim Dodd, Australian Financial Review

In a world first Deakin University has decided to offer a suite of its degrees through a global massive open online course (or MOOC) provider, bypassing its own sophisticated learning management platform in search of a larger market. From early next year six Deakin post-graduate masters degrees will be available through the rapidly growing UK-based MOOC provider FutureLearn. ​The degrees will be in cyber security, information technology, financial planning, property, diabetes education, and humanitarian and development action. ​The move is a significant step towards a possible future for higher education in which universities are no longer be the main channels through which students study for degrees. Companies such as FutureLearn, which was founded by The Open University in Britain, could become large-scale aggregators of university courses.

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