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MOOC Research

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MOOC Research Initiative (MRI) is funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation as part of a set of investments intended to explore the potential of MOOCs to extend access to postsecondary credentials through more personalized, more affordable pathways.


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Infographic: Why Aren't Students Completing MOOCs?

Infographic: Why Aren't Students Completing MOOCs? | EduInfo | Scoop.it

MOOCs (free online courses that are open to anyone) are more popular than Justin Bieber right now, but why aren't students finishing the courses they signed up for?


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Elaine Watkins's curator insight, October 24, 2013 7:29 PM

I was one of the 36% of students who completed the Equine Nutrition course. I can tell you why I was able to... It was because there was excellent support from the lecturers, easy to access video lectures, no hard deadlines until the end of the course, meaning there was much more flexibility for people, like me, who work full time and can't always complete quizzes by 6pm each Monday for example. I could do it in my own time, as long as I stayed within the course duration and I found that some weeks I had much more time and could complete 2 weeks worth of readings & quizzes. 

In contrast, I just attempted to complete an Animal Behaviour course, but unfortunately due to hard deadlines each Monday, I was unable to complete quizzes on time and therefore could not achieve the marks necessary to pass, so I gave up halfway through. I have still completed readings and watched lectures, but with no result as the quizzes did not count after the weekly hard deadlines. Obviously many people had the same issue as me, because out of 24950, only

1428 people completed the course.

I believe course designers need to revisit their courses and ensure they are flexible enough for full time workers to do in their own time. 

Christine Aizpurua's curator insight, October 31, 2013 8:57 AM

Me ! 

Patricia Christian's curator insight, February 8, 2:45 AM

An integral part of any online learning environment is the social synergy created via communication and discussion.  This is where deep reflection and learning take place.  Are students not feeling connected.  Are they collaborating and creating something new with the knowledge they have gained and sharing it with others?  Learning must me meaningful and applicable.

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Connectivism in Practice – How to organize a MOOC | Peeragogy.org

Connectivism in Practice – How to organize a MOOC | Peeragogy.org | EduInfo | Scoop.it
Learn #passion: #MOOC = "different activities for each person, various platforms + everyone has her own outcome" http://t.co/uwQ0BSao #KM

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Ken Morrison's curator insight, February 18, 2013 12:10 AM

I am taking a course from Howard Rheingold at the moment.  He is very skilled at building a community of colearners.

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180 MOOCs to Start the New Year (Is This the Crest of the Wave?)

180 MOOCs to Start the New Year (Is This the Crest of the Wave?) | EduInfo | Scoop.it
If you haven’t tried a free MOOC, I’d do it sooner than later. In recent weeks, the whole MOOC project took a hit when a University of Pennsylvania study found what was becoming empirically obvious — that MOOCs generally have very low participation and completion rates, and what’s more, most of the students taking the courses are “disproportionately educated, male, [and] wealthy,” and from the United States. This study, combined with other disappointing experiments and findings, will likely make universities think twice about sinking money into creating MOOCs (they can cost anywhere from $15,000 to $50,000 to develop). It might take another 6-12 months to see the shift. But I’d hazard a guess that this January might be the peak of the free MOOC trend. Enjoy them while they last. Whatever their shortcomings, they can be quite informative, and you can’t beat the price.

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Steve Vaitl's curator insight, January 7, 7:49 AM

Very little of this do I find this surprising.

MFaculty's curator insight, January 7, 7:44 PM

The insights revealed through the previous studies serves to codify what many educators, and even more marketers knew intuitively; free always begs the question of quality. Don't hear what I'm not saying. I'm not saying ALL MOOCs are low quality, I'm merely saying that without academic rigor and effective management, even the best intentions can slide off the rails.

 

I too had noted a number of previous MOOC supporters distancing themselves from the initiatives. Was there ever an identified demand for MOOCs, or were they simply a result of benevolent thinking? Regardless, it is interesting that the 'target audience' for MOOCs are apparently the ones taking least advantage of them. Perhaps the age old marketing rendition of supply and demand has merit still has merit.

Tammy Morley's curator insight, January 8, 4:43 PM

Food for thought.

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Moodle.org introduce their first MOOC | matbury.com

Moodle.org introduce their first MOOC | matbury.com | EduInfo | Scoop.it

Moodle for teachers: An introduction is a 4 week introductory course with a recommended total of 8-12 hours participation time. Registration opens on 19th August 2013 and the course starts on 1st September 2013. There are no fees for taking the course and successful participants will be awarded a Mozilla Open Badges course completion badge that they can add to their Open Badges backpack.


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Marco Bertolini's curator insight, August 12, 2013 11:20 PM

Vous utilisez Moodle ?  Ou vous envisagez de créer des cours en ligne ?  Alors, participez gratuitement au MOOC qui démarre le premier septembre. 

Ruedi Grob's comment, August 13, 2013 3:10 AM
that will be great :-)
Olivier Alzéari's curator insight, September 4, 2013 4:09 PM

Vous utilisez Moodle ?  Ou vous envisagez de créer des cours en ligne ?  Alors, participez gratuitement au MOOC qui démarre le premier septembre 2013. (dixit Marco Bertolini)

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What sort of MOOCs would emerge in the coming future?

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Thanks jenny for sharing her views and experience in her post here on OLDSMOOC.  I am interested in knowing the OLDSMOOC though won’t be working on a project.  I think we have now come up wit...

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Lars-Erik Jonsson's curator insight, January 10, 2013 11:33 PM

Intressanta och polariserade jämförelser mellan cMOOOCs och xMOOOCs samt mellan lärande genom undervisning resp lärande genom personlig drivkraft