Can MOOCs fix Education System In India
To Fix Its Education System, India Should Look to MOOCs, says William H. Avery.
MOOCs are certainly India’s best chance, and perhaps its only hope, of catching up to China in higher education.
With India incapable of rapidly building higher-education infrastructure, and stubbornly refusing to let foreign universities in to help, the situation would be hopeless but for the advent of MOOCs.
The implications of free online content for Indian higher education—and for India’s future economic growth—cannot be overstated. Any Indian with access to a computer and an Internet connection (whether in his home or in the next village) can take a class taught by an esteemed scholar in Cambridge, Mass. Or Princeton, N.J. Or Berkeley, Calif. This revolution knocks down in a single blow the historical barriers to Indian higher education: uneven quality, overall lack of supply, and the high cost of sending a child overseas for study.
With MOOCs the inaction of the Indian government can no longer stand in the way of its citizens gaining the knowledge and skills they need.