Massive open online courses can be as effective to help students learn as face-to-face classes — and the learning outcomes will be equivalent whether or not they're academically prepared for the class or whether they perform well or poorly on a pretest.
A failed job placement experiment at non-profit MOOC platform edX has cast a pall over using massive open online courses (MOOCs) for career services.
It's still early in the MOOC experiment. The key to gaining traction in the business sector is developing assessments to validate learning. By creating assessments that assessment centers could use to validate learning, the MOOC movement could gain ground. HR departments can point to success of these assessments as proof the canidate possesses the knowledge and skills necessary for job performance.
Michael and I had the privilege of leading off the ELI Online Spring Focus Session on MOOCs (taking place today, Apr 3, and tomorrow).
The types of MOOCs that are available from the leading institutions are for professional so some of the data makes sense. MOOCs really haven't been marketed to students entering college at the freshman level.
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MOOCs are not for all learners. MOOCs as they are right now are for the independent learners. I predict the next big wave is competency based assessments given to students at the beginning of their time at the college and then customizing the college academic plan to the deficncies based on the assessments. In this model, students only will take courses that they need to fill the deficincies. This approach will honor the independent work done by the students whether done through a MOOC or other independent study. The universities and colleges will just have to figure out how to charge for the assessments and granting of credit.
MOOCs might not offer actionable lessons to professors and campus administrators until the experimental classes have a reliable assessment apparatus.
If the college had a good way to offer a competency-based assessment to those students who want college credit for completion of a MOOC it will solve the problem. Students would not pay or receive credit for the class until they take the assessment. If they just wanted it for the knowledge it would be a low or no cost.
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