Abstract

Information and communication technology is dramatically changing the world we live in. Over recent years, open resources and open education have been part of different initiatives and projects. Nowadays, information can be easily reached from different sources and knowledge can be acquired outside of the traditional bricks-and-mortar institutions. Massive open online courses (MOOCs) are challenging higher education, however the experts and researchers are yet to reach a consensus on whether MOOCs will change the nature of higher education. This paper analyses the issues of whether MOOCs pose a threat to higher education institutions, if they are a feasible replacement for payable study programs or whether they support people willing to learn in their lifelong learning process. These questions are analyzed from a business perspective rather than from the point of formal (higher) education. We are asking if the MOOCs present the opportunity for in-house company training.

Keywords

Open education E-training Informal learning 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of ManagementUniversity of PrimorskaKoperSlovenia

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