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MOOCs Theories, Trends, Critics, and Life Sciences Applications: Updates on MOOCs

MOOCs Theories, Trends, Critics, and Life Sciences Applications: Updates on MOOCs
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Author(s): Athanasios T. Alexiou (Novel Global Community Educational Foundation, Australia), Prerna Sarup (Mahahrishi Markandeshwar University, Mullana, India), Ashok Kumar (Mahahrishi Markandeshwar University, Mullana, India) and Girish Kumar Gupta (Mahahrishi Markandeshwar University, Mullana, India)
Copyright: 2018
Pages: 12
Source title: Library and Information Science in the Age of MOOCs
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Anna Kaushik (University of Kota, India)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-5146-1.ch015

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Abstract

While humankind has already reached the so-called zettabyte era in the data transactions, scientific knowledge needs to be transferred and distributed globally, without limitations. Mainly for the case of life sciences and medical fields, the treatment of chronic and lethal diseases requires open access to large databases and clinical trials from researchers across the world, but mostly an open and high-quality education for everyone. The solution has already been applied lately, through the establishment of the massive open online courses (MOOCs) that offer a free and unobstructed multilevel education to anyone and anywhere, using emerging IT techniques. Applications are vast and cover all technologies of today. However, is this true? Are MOOCs the solution to a free and open forum for knowledge sharing, giving the opportunity of education to people from low-income countries? In this chapter, MOOCs are discussed and analyzed in depth alongside the advantages and disadvantages of their application in the higher education.

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