The Southeast Asia region has been rapidly developing in the past 20 years. Economic development triggered fundamental educational reforms in all countries of Southeast Asia. At the same time, studies have confirmed that all countries of the region face similar problems affecting access to and quality of educational systems: growing disparity between wealthiest and poorest, urban and rural population, resulting in unequal access to educational opportunities, rapidly growing number of pupils and students overwhelming the existing educational capacities, insufficient quality, often obsolete, teaching practices and curricula and a growing gap between the quality of education offered by ‘elite’ educational establishments and mass education.
Therefore, Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) can be a solution (some argue – the solution) to the regional educational problems. The Competen SEA consortium believes that MOOCs is one of the key platforms, which provide an effective and efficient means to provide marginalized groups with access to relevant learning resources.
Since the Competen SEA project involves the development and delivery of self-paced learning content for addressing learning needs of identified marginalized groups within the project partner countries in Southeast Asia, a feasibility study is essential for identifying key factors, regulations and initiatives, resource needs and readiness of the target group for undertaking self-paced learning using the latest MOOC technology.