Online learning is growing
ICEF reported that there’s been a “Massive” jump in MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) enrolment figures.
In fact enrolment grew a staggering amount by “two-thirds in 2016 to reach 58 million students”
Followed by edX with 1,300 courses.
The UK-based FutureLearn with 480 courses.
Desire to learn anywhere
This highlights the fact that there is huge appetite for learning anytime, anywhere and on your own terms.
You the “Student” is the one that’s in control.
If traditional institutions want to meet demand from international students just like you, who rather want to study online.
Instead of being in Australia in class / on-campus, they need to make a concerted effort to make distance or distributed learning a big part of their export strategy to attract those of you who demand it!
ICEF report also points out;
- “Regional MOOC platforms, notably in Latin America and China, are now drawing significant numbers of new students”
- “Many courses now support self-paced learning and more frequent course starts, with the result that many students are studying in smaller cohorts than in the recent past”
- “There are now nearly 7,000 online courses offered by 700 universities”
National Strategy for International Education 2025
The great thing about Australia is that we’re taking this seriously and back in April 2015.
Minister for Foreign Affairs Julie Bishop and Minister for Tourism and International Education Richard Colbeck presented the National Strategy for International Education 2025.
Notably related to the ICEF report, the 2025 strategy
- “places a significant emphasis on in-market delivery (aka transnational education) as well as technology-enabled learning via online or blended delivery programmes”
There are three pillars which is driving the strategy;
- Strengthening fundamentals – building world class systems, focusing on student experience and ensuring quality through regulation
- Partnerships – strengthening on home and overseas partnerships, enhancing mobility and getting Alumni involved more
- Compete globally – promote our excellence and embrace opportunities for growing international education
So there you are, we have a 2025 plan to ensure you get the best out of Australia even if you can’t study here and want to study online at our world class universities.
Question for you – What are your thoughts about studying online with Australian universities?
Leave comments below and start or join the conversation.
Stu and Bazza
Feature image credit goes to the awesome guys at @StudyinAustralia
Full report can be read on ICEF Global MOOC enrolment 2016 report
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