For many of us, the concept of MOOCs is no longer a new one – it has become commonplace or at least you have heard of them, even if you haven’t enrolled in one yourself.
Ten years ago however, the situation could not have been more different. Online courses, if they did exist, were not open to the general public.
Instead, Universities and institutions made their study materials available exclusively to their own students and alumni. Most enrolees at tertiary institutions could only access readings and lecture notes from the courses they were registered to, and no others.
In 2003 this illiberal educational landscape was set to change with the birth of a pioneering initiative - MOOCs.