Archive for July, 2014

An article that addresses the potential of MOOCs and the context of Pakistan 

Imagine a world in which every single person on the planet is given free access to the sum of all human knowledge,” said the co-founder of Wikipedia, Jimmy Wales, a decade ago. The idea may have sounded outlandish at the time but has since shaped into a digital reality. Throughout human history, civilisations have attached great importance to education and scholarly pursuits. Numerous higher-learning institutions were established in many cultures — from the Platonic Academy in Greece to Takshashilla (Taxila) in the subcontinent to the Taixue of Han Dynasty and the Gundishapur Academy in Persia. With human progress and the introduction of new technologies, however, the media of imparting knowledge have evolved. From the time when primitive people used hand gestures to convey their messages to the current era of e-learning, this evolution is nothing short of revolutionary. And the latest feather in its cap is the introduction of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs).