Online learning is a global trend that’s gaining momentum, fast. One by one, the world’s leading universities are moving into the online space. Whether through free MOOCs or highly-structured and accredited programmes, accessing university-level, career advancing courses from the comfort of your own home is easier than ever before. Four of the world’s high-ranking universities are leading the way in revolutionising education with cutting-edge online offerings:
World Ranking: 3rd
Stanford University is an academic leader in both the offline and online space. In addition to offering free MOOCs in niched subject areas including game theory and the design and analysis of algorithms on coursera, Stanford has demonstrated a commitment to supporting education’s transition into a digital future. In 2013, Stanford entered the online educational platform arena with Stanford OpenEdX: an open source learning management system and research tool. For those seeking more formal, longer-term studies, Stanford has launched a number of accredited online courses and even accredited degrees, mostly specialising in the field of engineering.
University of Sydney
World Ranking: 72nd
The University of Sydney offers a number of accredited programmes online and with a mix of flexibility options, including competitive and highly practical programmes from their prestigious school of public health. While the University is still working on making units within these programmes entirely digital, they are definitely taking exciting steps towards presenting a variety of certificate and diploma programmes completely online.
The University of Cape Town
World Ranking: 113th
UCT launched the continent’s first two Postgraduate Diplomas to be delivered online, through blended learning, accessible to working professionals across Africa. Commencing in February 2015, these two qualifications are focused on transferable skills such as business-orientated project management; and general management, with an industry-aligned specialisation in marketing. The move forms part of the Across Africa initiative, a partnership between the University’s esteemed Faculty of Commerce and South Africa's premier online education provider, GetSmarter. The university hopes to exponentially increase access to their most prestigious postgraduate programmes and help advance the careers of ambitious professionals across the continent.
The University of Edinburgh
World Ranking: 46th
In the UK, the University of Edinburgh has long been a thought leader in online distance learning. Like Stanford, The University of Edinburgh also offers free MOOCs on coursera, where one of its most popular free courses is “E-learning and Digital Cultures”. The University of Edinburgh also offers fully online accredited programmes, including postgraduate programmes, across their three University Colleges – Humanities and Social Sciences, Medicine and Veterinary Medicine, and Science and Engineering.
More than 6 million people worldwide are currently pursuing a qualification online, one course at a time. Learn more about how UCT’s new online offerings and download an information pack for the postgraduate programme you could use to advance your career in 2015.