Malaysia is the first country in the world to implement the Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) initiative for public universities said Higher Education Minister, Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh. He said the initiative was meant to ensure online learning was implemented by institutions of higher learning (IPTAs) as well as reduce class time.
MOOCs is a learning and teaching method which is effective for IPTAs as students can access the subjects anywhere and anytime through the https://www.openlearning.com/malaysiamoocs website. Furthermore, Malaysia will soon be the first country in the world to develop a national policy on credit recognition for the MOOCs platform. Through the initiative, students around the world will be able to pursue their studies online for free and be given credit recognition.
“MOOCs have been implemented around the world for years but no credit is awarded after the students complete their course. “The ministry plans to award credit through the country’s own MOOCs to encourage flexible learning among students, reduce the duplication of learning and recognise the lessons and experiences gained outside the conventional classroom.