The Need For Be Individualization

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iii. The Need to be Individualization Accessibility, in fact, brings Coursera itself the challenge, not meeting individualized learning need and expectation. Throughout the analysis of knowledge construction, process and mechanism of acquiring knowledge, roles of teacher and students, this part compare Coursera with potential competitors including higher education to explain why future Coursera should focus on individualization. Higher Education Coursera challenges professional education institution in a low-cost, comprehensive and high-quality way. People do not need to especially go to a professional educational institution, pay for the tuition fee to learn a particular skill and subject based on personal needs after the appearance of Coursera. Moreover, famous professors, avoiding the situation about choosing a poor-quality education institution, teach all MOOCs on Coursera. However, Coursera learners normally cannot have an instant interaction between teachers and students, or have no one to ask for help when they face failure to understand in learning experience. It is nearly impossible for Coursera professors to take care and interact with all learners in time. In comparison, the educational institution has advantages in instant feedback and interaction with teachers or teaching assistant, and students’ problems can be solved in a short time. Higher education is a heavily regulated, dominated institution and an authority in education field. Compared with Coursera, high education has a complete and professional academic cycle and process including education materials and assessments. Students can take courses from the elementary level to advanced level step by step with the assistance from teachers and finally be a spe... ... middle of paper ... ...ence or an achievement like whether I have a good score or successfully applied for a dreaming school. According to a survey conducted by Belanger and Thomton, there are mainly four reasons for students to learn MOOC: 1) to facilitate lifelong learning or to understand the certain subject rather than strong motivation for a completion or achievement; 2) “for fun, entertainment, social experience and intellectual stimulation”(p.9); 3) the benefit of convenience that breaks down the barrier of traditional education choices; 4) for an experience to take an online education (as cited in Yuan, Powell, & CETIS, 2013, p.9 ). Based on the survey, Coursera should provide a good service that can fulfill these individual motivations. As Stickdorn and Schneider (2011) have noted, principles of service design thinking “as user-centered, co-creative, sequencing.” (p. 26).
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