"Only 3.2 percent of the 135,602 people who signed up for UW-Madison’s MOOCs - many of which were organized as though they were in-person or online for-credit courses - completed the courses, according to a series of university reports."
Jim Loring's insight:
UW-Madison is addressing the atrocious percentages of students enrolling in coursework and failing to complete it.
The cultural campaign to label firearms and firearm ownership as socially unacceptable claimed another victim last week, when a “virtual” school demanded that an elementary school student remove an image of a firearm from his online profile.
" ... calculated that schools spend about 100 times less for each student to finish an online course than a traditional course. They write that schools should harness those potential cost savings by remaking full-time MBA programs into campus programs that give students less classroom time, but more time for experiential learning or study abroad."
R package developer (and R-bloggers editor) Tal Galili just published the answers to a question many R users have asked: which are the most popular R packages? He wrote some R code to rank the top 100 packages by number of downloads.
Saturday morning I was drinking my coffee wondering how much effort goes into Rworldwide. (It’s my job.) I noticed that there were 4469 packages on CRAN, and it occurred to me that tabulating the packages by publication date would give some indication of how much effort is being expended to improve packags and keep them up to date. With very little work at all I was able to read the table on the Available CRAN packages by date of publication page and produce this plot.
What they don’t want you to know about admissions and financial aid.
Jim Loring's insight:
"The aim of the game for colleges is to boost the number of students who apply and can be rejected. By doing this, the schools see their acceptance rates fall, making them appear to be more selective—which helps them rise up the U.S. News & World Report rankings."
"Welcome to the third episode of Techno Sapiens ... On today’s episode, Christine and Marvin discuss online education with Daphne Koller, a computer science professor at Stanford University and the co-founder and president of Coursera, a digital learning platform, which has partnerships with universities around the world. The hosts ask whether massive open online courses (or MOOCs) will give us all greater access to a first-rate college education—or if they’ll be the death knell for higher learning as we know it."
"The online university degree programs are part of an education package pushed by Scott and the state's Republican party leadership that they say will more closely link curriculums with the needs of employers."
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