MOOCs: A solution to consider for the CEGEP network?
Montréal, June 19, 2014 – A team of academic advisors from Cégep à distance is presenting, in the latest edition of Pédagogie collégiale, an article called Exploration de nouvelles frontières pour l’accès à l’éducation supérieure : les MOOC (exploring new frontiers for accessing higher education: MOOCs), which analyzes the phenomenon of MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) and examines their relevance at the college level. A Prezi animation (in French) was also presented by the team at the Des MOOC avec une mission collégiale! workshop at the last Association québécoise de pédagogie collégiale (AQPC) conference.
MOOCs are courses offered online, open to everyone, and generally free. For some people, this acronym represents a revolution and the long-awaited advent of the democratization of education through technology. For others, it is just new packaging for old products, born of a marketing push on the part of various institutions. The media are full of criticisms and warnings, but also lots of positive experiences and promising outcomes. Should CEGEPs join the collective craze or just wait for it to wash over?
Watch the Prezi animation.
Cégep à distance is an integral part of the Collège de Rosemont, offering programs in French that lead to a diploma of college studies (DEC, for its French acronym) or an attestation of college studies (AEC, for its French acronym). Some courses are also offered in English. Every year, some 18,000 people register for one or more of the 140 credit courses offered in French and English, for a total of 28,000 course registrations. All courses are offered in the continuous registration model.