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Coursera and EdX: A Revolutionary trend in Education

One of the thing that is necessary in information and technology era is online studying. MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) are an attempt for spreading knowledge around the world. It is a new system that I think help people around the world to have access to education and as a result improve equality of education. Both Coursera and EdX provides free online courses in Humanities, social sciences, engineering, sciences and biology. Some the well-known universities such as Harvard, MIT and Standford participate in this project and recently American Council on Education approved five courses for college credits.
I think Moocs is a revolutionary trend in education and learning and it can help people specially from underdeveloped countries to have access to up to dated sciences but there are some problems in this trend. first of all, only few of courses approved for college credits so people can learn from various courses but they cannot earn a degree to show that at least they passed those courses. an other problem comes back to technological barriers specially for developing countries. Some developing countries such as Iran do not have access to very high speed internet and the infra structures of the internet are weak in these countries. People cannot download or watch the video of the courses and only text materials can be accessible. So I think if the first problem resolved then we can think about specific centers in developing countries where suffer from low speed internet so people can go to these centers and pass courses through those centers. But this idea makes sense for people if passing that course will be eligible and they can earn a certificate that proved those courses are passed.

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