Title: Chinese And Moroccan Higher Education MOOCs: Rationale, Implementation and Challenges

Issue Number: Vol. 3, No. 1
Year of Publication: Jan - 2017
Page Numbers: 31-34
Authors: Oubibi Mohamed , Zhao Wei
Journal Name: The International Journal of E-Learning and Educational Technologies in the Digital Media (IJEETDM)
- Hong Kong
DOI:  http://dx.doi.org/10.17781/P002315


Integrating technology in teaching helps students to understand all the concepts they are taught in class. Technology makes teaching a walk in the park, a paperless class is environmental friendly, teachers are able to track their students' progress, students can access eBooks and other learning information at anytime of the day, anywhere and distance learning has been made possible. The rapid increase use of information technologies and E-learning throughout educational institutions is changing the way teachers and students learn, work, and establish collaboration. Recent declarations from top Universities to turn to new forms of educational delivery called MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) The MOOC movement have recently invaded the field of higher education in the world to the point that some describe it as the undisputed future of the university. Authors claim that online learning and hybrid devices are becoming more responsive to learners’ needs at a time where constrained educational budgets and accompanying decrease in professional development opportunities makes it hard for the universities to keep up with the expectations and demands of the 21st century learners. In line with this, this paper sets out first to present the MOOC framework, placing it in the wider context of open, online learning. Then, it discusses how the key elements of openness, anytime and anywhere learning of this new educational trend can meet learners’ needs for flexibility, collaboration and agency. This paper also argues for the need to adopt a blended learning approach that combines both online and face-to-face experiences to optimize learning in Moroccan higher education. Finally, some challenges are discussed.