“London, 23 July 2014: Prominent nations like the US, India, Brazil, the UK, and Spain are paving the way for a global boom in the Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) Market, which is expected to record a CAGR of 56.61 percent from 2013-2018, according to a new TechNavio report.
The independent tech-focused global research firm reports that the expansion of the market is due to rising interest in low-cost, high quality education, which enables aspirants to opt for a platform with reduced higher education expenses in contemporary scenario.
Extended and wide-reaching internet connectivity, escalating expenses of higher education, and the cumulative demand for highly trained workers have created a perfect storm for MOOCs worldwide, leading to a big increase in their popularity.
“In the US, the cost of a 4-year program from a public college has increased by more than 70 percent since 2000, while the average earnings of full-time workers with a bachelor’s degree has declined by approximately 15 percent over the same period,” says Faisal Ghaus, Vice President of TechNavio.
“Under such circumstances, MOOCs have gained increasing popularity since their inception in 2008.”
MOOCs provide free online courses for higher education, executive education, and employee development. These courses are provided by well-qualified lecturers from renowned institutes worldwide. Education is an important aspect for employment in today’s world but the rising costs, increasing student loan debts, and declining average pay of graduates have made it difficult for students to receive quality education. As a result, students are opting for MOOCs as these courses are of low cost and provide much better quality of education.
To shape a definite the scenario for the market in the next 3-4 years, TechNavio analysts have conducted in-depth analysis of the impact of market drivers, challenges and trends featuring data on product segmentations, vendor shares, growth rate by revenue and an evaluation of the different buying criteria in the order of importance.
If you are interested in more information on this topic and our upcoming research on the Global Massive Open Online Courses Market 2014-2018, please send an e-mail tomedia@TechNavio.com.”
“For the summer holiday season, here are some great speakers on change that can inspire.
Embrace the near win
Sarah Lewis, March 2014
Sarah Lewis inspires us to see that near wins will get you so much more focussed. Perhaps we could pursue more to value the near wins we have to master providing further excellence. Mastery is constantly closing the gap between where you are and where you want to be. Coming close to what you’ve wanted can get you to heights you never thought possible.
How to make hard choices
Ruth Chang, May 2014
Ruth Chang makes the case for changing the attitude to making hard choices. What we do with hard choices is up to us. It is the things we let go of or choose for that tells others about our values. If we allow ourselves to drift then we let the information environment write our future. We are the ones who have the power to create reasons for ourselves to make the necessary choices to show who we are and at what we stand for.
Jeni Cross tells us how to make behavioural change differently. For example,
making the case for what you’re losing or wasting is more likely to create behavioural change. Don’t waste time trying to change attitudes as they follow behaviour rather than predict it. So connect to others’ values and set behavioural expectations instead. It is also social norms that have the biggest impact on making behavioural change so we need to create and market those.
Roman Krznaric invites us to see the values of empathy for social change. Our assumptions and labels stop us from seeing the realities. We therefore need to focus more on understanding the lives, ambitions, and values of others to develop effective strategies for transformation. We need to engage more in conversation and truly experience the lives of others: the cue for the embedded librarian!?
Want to be happy? Be grateful
David Steindl-Rast, June 2013
And a really wonderful all-rounder: Be grateful for every moment that life throws at you. Stop, look, go! Take the opportunities that life gives you and be above all grateful.”
Volume 20, Number 7/8
Table of Contents
Lisa Gregory and Stephanie Williams
North Carolina Digital Heritage Center
“After years of planning, the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) launched in 2013. Institutions from around the United States contribute to the DPLA through regional “service hubs,” entities that aggregate digital collections metadata for harvest by the DPLA. The North Carolina Digital Heritage Center has been one of these service hubs since the end of 2013. This article describes the technological side of being a service hub for the DPLA, from choosing metadata requirements and reviewing software, to the workflow used each month when providing hundreds of metadata feeds for DPLA harvest. The authors hope it will be of interest to those pursuing metadata aggregation, whether for the DPLA or for other purposes.”
“Ever wondered how the Wi-Fi signal varies around your house or workplace? Well, a new project by Luis Hernan combines signal strength sensing with light painting to show you just that.
As part of a project for his PhD in Architecture and Interaction Design, Hernan has createdwhat he calls a Kirlian device: it’s an instrument that senses the signal strength of Wi-Fi networks, and then translates the signals into color using LEDs. Using a long exposure, he can then lightpaint entire physical spaces—creating these beautiful images, which visualize how Wi-Fi shifts ann swirls within the walls of a building.”
“Students going back to college this month know that college textbooks are usually really expensive. And the problem is only getting worse, as this chart from the American Enterprise Institute’s Mark Perryshows:
The price of recreational books has fallen, relative to inflation, since 1998. New college textbooks, on the other hand, have increased much faster than inflation. The price of textbooks is increasing even faster than the price of college tuition.
One possible explanation, according to a 2005 report from the federal Government Accountability Office, is that publishers began doing more with college textbooks, such as adding CDs and supplementary sections. But that doesn’t explain why prices have continued to skyrocket since 2005.”