Date: February 4, 2016
The first massive open online course, or “MOOC,” made its way onto the educational scene back in 2008 as a model for delivering learning content online to any person who wants to take a course, with no limit on attendance. These interactive learning spaces have not only eradicated limits on the number of students who can attend a course, they have also helped to create a very scalable and affordable way to deliver all types of education – supply chain executive education included. Chris Caplice, executive director of MIT’s Center for Transportation & Logistics in Cambridge, says MOOCs are yet another way to dispel the myth that learning takes place “between the ages of 18 and 22 in a classroom setting.”
“MOOCs change the way education can be delivered,” Caplice adds. “Rather than sitting face-to-face with a teacher for 90 minutes, students can use MOOCs on a piecemeal basis.” Within the supply chain sector, Caplice says that MIT started by created three different curriculums (fundamentals, design, and dynamics). In 2015, the school rolled out a new MicroMasters Program, with the Supply Chain Credential as its first offering under that umbrella. Students complete five online courses and then take a capstone exam in exchange for about 42 credit hours, says Caplice.