Trend 5: professionalization of MOOCs
MOOCs have an increased perceived value, and are more and more used in specific professional contexts.
I believe that all of the major MOOC platforms are starting to focus more on professional learners, and on developing courses that have high intrinsic value for this audience. We’re focusing on building a strong portfolio of courses for professionals that can carry accreditation or endorsements from professional bodies. And we already have a sizeable number of teachers from the UK and around the world who use our courses for CPD (continuing professional development). Recently we’ve launched “Programs,” which are a related series of courses that can be accredited, lead to a qualification, or offer academic credit.