Offline Support Model for Low Bandwidth Users to Survive in MOOCs
Keywords:MOOC, offline, online, learning, support model, electronic usage
To access MOOCs’(Massive Open Online Courses) contents, and complete them successfully, resources such as computers or smart phones, Internet access with high-bandwidth are highly essential. Moreover, other facili-ties such as power requirement for electronic devices and software tools to view the MOOC contents within the course duration are necessary to complete the assessments. This shows that, the students must remain with online access more than expected. This not only a major requirement for completion of MOOCs, but also hinder the progress of learning in low bandwidth regions, and also for learners with listening or visual disabilities. Considering all these, in this paper addresses three learner challenges related to MOOCs: (1) what are the methods of reducing usage of electronic devices during online learning?, (2) what are the possible measures for effective learning with limited online presence?, and (3) how to survive successful completion in low-bandwidth contexts. An offline support model is proposed to reduce the online presence during online learning and to manage the low-bandwidth challenges.
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