JOURNAL OF HIGHER EDUCATION THEORY AND PRACTICE
Between MOOCs and Service-oriented Education: If Students Had the Choice
Author(s): Thomas Richter, Heimo H. Adelsberger, Pouyan Khatami
Citation: Thomas Richter, Heimo H. Adelsberger, Pouyan Khatami,(2017)"Between MOOCs and Service-oriented Education: If Students Had the Choice," Journal of Higher Education Theory and Practice, Vol. 17, Iss. 2, pp. 70-78
Article Type: Research paper
Publisher: North American Business Press
Enterprises demand universities not to limit education to theoretical knowledge, but instead, to prepare students for future challenges in the job. While demanding a focus on current technologies and practices appears reasonable, it contradicts academia’s general focus on sustainable knowledge. This “conflict-ofinterest” can be bridged through extra-curricular professional training. MOOCs are hyped as solution because they allow to simultaneously addressing masses of students. However, with the increasing number of learners, anonymity in education increases and first-level support decreases. Within the extracurricular online program erp4students we found that individual support is considered most relevant to successfully complete professional training.