by Carl Straumsheim
Massive open online course providers are collecting troves of data about their students, but what good is it if researchers can't use the information?
"The MOOC Research Initiative formally released its results on Monday, six months after researchers met in Arlington, Texas, to brief one another on initial findings. The body of research -- 22 projects examining everything from how social networks form in MOOCs to how the courses can be used for remedial education -- can perhaps best be described as the first chapter of MOOC research, confirming some widely held beliefs about the medium while casting doubt on others.
"Common to many of the projects, however, were the difficulties of working with MOOC data."