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About MOOC Completion Rates: The Importance of Student Investment

About MOOC Completion Rates: The Importance of Student Investment | OER & Open Education News | Scoop.it

First of all, we need to recognize that completion rates for MOOCs really have a different meaning than those for regular university courses.  This is mainly because of the differing level of investment the students make from the start. In other words “skin in the game” matters.

 

But MOOC completion rates aren’t really low in the context of Internet engagement. A click through rate of 5% for a google ad is considered a strong success. Convincing 5% to engage intellectually for 8 weeks is, I think, a big deal.

 

If we continue to keep the barrier to entry low, we’ll enable students to taste many many courses, and that may be a good thing for education.

 

On the other hand if we want to boost completion rates, and perhaps boost engagement in MOOCs we should consider forcing the students to invest.  A small enrollment fee might make a big difference. I’d be very interested to see how this would affect engagement, learning and completion rates.

 

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OpenDOAR - Home Page - Directory of Open Access Repositories

OpenDOAR - Home Page - Directory of Open Access Repositories | OER & Open Education News | Scoop.it
OpenDOAR is an authoritative worldwide directory of academic open access repositories.
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The Ed Techie: Openness has won - now what?

The Ed Techie: Openness has won - now what? | OER & Open Education News | Scoop.it
As we start the new year and survey the open education landscape, it's hard not to conclude that openness has prevailed. The victory may not be absolute, but the trend is all one way now - we'll never go back...
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ChrisPegler's curator insight, January 15, 2013 6:38 AM

Martin Weller asks us whether we have success in openness but don't recognise what we've got (it may not look quite as we expected). Agree?

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A Cost Analysis of the Open Course Library | Student PIRGs

A Cost Analysis of the Open Course Library | Student PIRGs | OER & Open Education News | Scoop.it
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Nicole Allen: "Our 2011 white paper "Affordable Textbooks For Washington's Students: A Cost Analysis of the Open Course Library" found that the Open Course Library would save students a total of $1.26 million in textbook costs during the 2011-2012 academic year.

Following the methodology established in that paper, we find that by the end of fall quarter 2012, the Open Course Library has saved students $3.10 million, which is well more than the original investment in the program.  By the end of the 2012-2013 academic year, the Open Course Library will save students $5.07 million on textbook costs.

This level of savings is truly unprecedented, particularly considering the return on investment for Washington taxpayers.  This kind of program should be applauded, and other states across the country should emulate it.  The nation needs Washington to continue its role as a leader in leveraging open educational resources as a solution to the high cost of textbooks."

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What’s the Business Model for Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs)? And What Does Online Education Strategically Mean for the Long-Run Rent Structure of Higher Education?

What’s the Business Model for Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs)? And What Does Online Education Strategically Mean for the Long-Run Rent Structure of Higher Education? | OER & Open Education News | Scoop.it
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The college textbook bubble and how the “open educational resources” movement is going up against the textbook cartel | AEIdeas

The college textbook bubble and how the “open educational resources” movement is going up against the textbook cartel | AEIdeas | OER & Open Education News | Scoop.it
The public policy blog of the American Enterprise Institute
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Health OER Case Study - University of Ghana

This case study is the result of semi-structured interviews with teaching faculty, other staff and students involved in health Open Educational Resources (OER)
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Free Online Certificate Courses & MOOCs from Great Universities: A Complete List

Free Online Certificate Courses & MOOCs from Great Universities: A Complete List | OER & Open Education News | Scoop.it
Discover 200+ free online courses by great universities -- Harvard, Stanford. MIT, etc. Most offer
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What does it cost to publish a Gold Open Access article?

What does it cost to publish a Gold Open Access article? | OER & Open Education News | Scoop.it
An emerging preference for Gold Open Access publishing has been stirring emotions. Mike Taylor highlights where the Finch Report goes wrong on cost and argues that academics should redirect their a...
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Tabuenca, Bernardo et al. - OER in the Mobile Era: Content Repositories’ Features for Mobile Devices and Future Trends

Tabuenca, Bernardo et al. - OER in the Mobile Era: Content Repositories’ Features for Mobile Devices and Future Trends | OER & Open Education News | Scoop.it
"This paper summarizes recent trends in the creation, publication, discovery, acquisition, access, use and re-use of learning objects on mobile devices based on a literature review on research done from 2007 to 2012."
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Open Praxis Vol 5, No 1 (2013) - Openness in Higher Education

Open Praxis Vol 5, No 1 (2013) - Openness in Higher Education | OER & Open Education News | Scoop.it
Open Praxis is a peer-reviewed open access scholarly journal focusing on research and innovation in open, distance and flexible education
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California passes groundbreaking open textbook legislation - Creative Commons

California passes groundbreaking open textbook legislation - Creative Commons | OER & Open Education News | Scoop.it
Creative Commons licenses provide a flexible range of protections and freedoms for authors, artists, and educators. It's official.
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What does an open-source book publishing platform look like? We’re about to find out

What does an open-source book publishing platform look like? We’re about to find out | OER & Open Education News | Scoop.it
PressBooks founder Hugh McGuire refers to his company as “the indie rock band of ebooks startups,” which is why, unless you’ve been watching PandoDaily really closely, you wouldn’t have seen much o...
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Is there a “spirit of open”?

Is there a “spirit of open”? | OER & Open Education News | Scoop.it
The scope of open education gets ever broader, from the production, use and reuse of open textbooks, to the use ... Continue reading
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The MOOCs fad and bubble: please tell us another story!

The MOOCs fad and bubble: please tell us another story! | OER & Open Education News | Scoop.it
In the context of two recent GlobalHigherEd entries about the global geopolitics and geoeconomics of MOOCs (see ‘Are MOOCs becoming mechanisms for international competition in global higher ed?’ an...
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Providers of Free MOOC's Now Charge Employers for Access to Student Data

Providers of Free MOOC's Now Charge Employers for Access to Student Data | OER & Open Education News | Scoop.it
Several high-profile tech companies have already signed up for Coursera's new employee-matching service. Udacity offers a similar service.
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Daphne Koller, the AI Researcher Who Founded Coursera | MIT Technology Review

Daphne Koller, the AI Researcher Who Founded Coursera | MIT Technology Review | OER & Open Education News | Scoop.it
Experts in artificial intelligence are leaving academia to bring online learning to the world. But their most radical ideas are still on hold.
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Washington State Student Achievement Initiative Policy Study: Final Repor

Washington State Student Achievement Initiative Policy Study: Final Repor | OER & Open Education News | Scoop.it
Based on a three-year evaluation that included both a quantitative analysis of “achievement point” accumulation by colleges and qualitative fieldwork, this report assesses how and to what extent the SAI model of performance funding has encouraged two-year public colleges in the state to take steps to improve student achievement.
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