You are here—to empower?

Sunday, June 8, 2014

At last week’s launch of, various speakers put forward an impressive vision about the benefits that massive open online courses will bring to the population of T&T. According to the Ministry of Education, will “develop” the country and “open a world of opportunity” for us. 



Massive open online courses, better known as Moocs, emerged in 2012. Free of charge and lasting around eight weeks, they allow anyone with access to the Internet to study a wide number of usually US and European university courses online through videos, reading and research activities. Online discussions and quizzes are also provided, and at the end of the course participants are often awarded a certificate of completion.


On the one hand, Moocs promised a gateway to knowledge, especially for those without access to higher education. However, Moocs weren’t just greeted positively; there was also a massive backlash—still ongoing—by many within the global academic community. And it has been interesting to see—a system of education heavily reliant on Moocs—arrive in T&T whitewashed of any critique.


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