These findings do not surprise me. What we need is continuous learning where enrollment provides immediate engagement. I know that I have personally enrolled in MOOCs only to find when the class starts my schedule has no room for participation. Enroll - engage need to be connected at any point in time.
Until we have studies that follow established research guidelines to measure effectiveness of online courses in controlled settings, these "reports" of improvement in scores are meaningless. The spring semester vs. summer offerings of these courses are in no way comparable and cannot be used to validate course effectiveness.
why [has] technology, to date, had very little impact on improved learning outcomes? This could be because we continue to use technology to reinforce 19th century teaching practice to meet out-dated assessment models. Most of the world’s curriculum and assessment systems are based around fact recall rather than actually demonstrating that you have learned something and can deploy it within a problem-solving situation.
...In a blog post last week, Coursera announced that its Signature Track program, which charges students a small fee to have a chance at earning a limited form of credential, has already pulled in $1 million in revenue after less than a year of operation. This is not a lot next to the $65 million the company has raised from investors over the past two years, but it’s a promising first step. As TechCrunch points out, this $1 million came from a mere 25,000 users of a service that has not been particularly well publicized...
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