So haven’t you heard of Indian Chinese cuisine? Or a Peppy Paneer Pizza or a McSpicy Aaloo Tikki! We Indians are into this uncanny habit of localizing everything to suit our palate. The world had dating websites, we made them matrimonial, the world had mobile phones, we invented the “missed call”, the world had fashion houses, we had neck-tie rentals outside offices to facilitate job seekers. In short – you give us a plot for a hi-tech sci-fi thriller and we will be able to make it a daily soap with emotions, family – drama, tears and love songs! That’s what works!
Of course it’s obvious for businesses and services to modify their offerings as per market demands especially in a consumer driven economy. Make no mistake; every market has very distinct requirements for any product, service or even a concept. Product adaptation or for that matter service adaptation plays a key role in its utility to the market. How can MOOC be an exception?
The Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) is based on the fundamentals of traditional courseware, teaching assistance and the basic principles of connectivism. It’s fantastic for someone to have unknown colleagues in your class, make new friends and get their views. At the same time, it’s but natural for anyone to find a better CONNECT with someone from the same company, region, background, or discipline. Just as you will try to find an English speaking person in a small Latin American town, it’s a matter of comfort, convenience and then – camaraderie.
Naturally, learners would love to have familiar names and faces around when they learn the tricks of the trade together. The team spirit that develops in due course is a bonus to the organization. No wonder small and medium business are looking to build their own private spaces – albeit with a window to the world, maybe a mentor who can advise them on what’s right and what’s not. Embarking on eLearning has been a policy decision for SMBs, thanks to the investments, capital, infrastructural as well as human that it needed. But with cloud services, it is well within their reach now.
We at www.wizdomcloud.com envisage giving the SMBs their own learning space in the cloud. Space that can serve as their library, their conference room or their even their lounge. Space where they can get better at their businesses by taking courses from leading providers, get guidance from mentors and importantly, be noticed in the forum that matters the most to them – their own company. A smaller replica of the bigger picture.
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