This covers four questions, lots of data but should be useful when thinking about MOOC design - keeping in mind that tecahing (andf learning) online is different between regualr online learning and the MOOC model
[...] how can it be that MOOCs are so popular, here in America, and, it seems, all over the world? Aren't they just bringing back the sage on the stage, the deadly lecture? Why would people want this? It's positively old-fashioned.
Fiona Harvey's insight:
I dont agree with the authors definition of a MOOC - they are not filmed lectures. That would be a waste of time.
Educators knew the online revolution would eventually envelop the physical classroom, but a torrent of near-revolutionary developments in the past month are proving that change is coming quicker than anyone imagined.
By now it seems clear that MOOCs can generate vast quantities of data, from course completion rates, to assessments, to student experiences. Duke University recently shared comprehensive data about its first MOOC, Bioelectricity: A Quantitative Approach. This was one of the five courses deemed worthy of undergraduate credit by the ACE, announced earlier this month.
The University of Texas at Austin will offer nine massive open online courses through edX in the coming year, officials announced on Monday. Note: article presents courses with named academics which relates to identity.
Five massive open online courses, or Moocs, have been recommended for credit by the American Council on Education, meaning students who complete the courses could potentially use their experience as currency towards a college degree.
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