From Academica Top Ten, Friday April 11, 2014
MOOCs go bricks and mortarMassive open online courses (MOOCs) have become increasingly popular in countries around the globe, with Coursera alone registering more than 7 million users – more than the entire university population of the UK and France combined. But students in these MOOCs, which are essentially designed around independent, self-guided learning, are becoming more interested in learning with others. Learning hubs, where students meet to take MOOCs together, have popped up all over in many different forms. Some are more formal, where students follow online lectures and assignments together, and others are casual meet-ups where students discuss topics and assignments with others taking the same MOOC. Some learning hubs, like one in Moscow, Russia, recruit experts to answer questions and act as mentors. Traditionally, MOOCs have very low completion rates, but according to Coursera’s coordinator of international development, completion rates for students attending learning hubs is much higher, between 30-100%. BBC"