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Read “Internet courses go through learning curve” at http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/business/tech/2015-10/12/content_22161995.htm
Interesting aspect for course designers and teachers, Excerpt:
ABSTRACT Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) have recently experienced rapid development and garnered significant attention from various populations. Despite the wide recognition of MOOCs as an important opportunity within educational practices, there are still many questions as to how we might satisfy students’ needs, as evidenced by very high dropout rates. Researchers lack a solid understanding of what student needs are being addressed by MOOCs, and how well MOOCs now address (or fail to address) these needs. To help in building such an understanding, we conducted in-depth interviews probing student motivations, learning perceptions and experiences towards MOOCs, paying special attention to the MOOC affordances and experiences that might lead to high drop rates. Our study identified learning motivations, learning patterns, and a number of factors that appear to influence student retention. We proposed that the issue of retention should be addressed from two perspectives: retention as a problem but also retention as an opportunity.
Taking skill acquisition to a new level, NOOCs aim for learners who see to acquire specific and targeted skills instead of taking a “course-like” MOOC where they have to work through learning experiences not needed. Read more here:
After a huge hype over MOOCs, there has not been much talk about them lately in media. So, here is one that sees a bleak future for MOOCs as the big disruptors of education. Read more in “Campus Tech 2015: Move Over MOOCs” at http://www.edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2015/07/campus-tech-2015-move-over-moocs
Just a few years ago, the Massive Open Online Course was expected to reinvent higher education. Millions of people were signing up to watch Web-based, video lectures from the world’s great universities. Some were completing real assignments, earning certificates and forming virtual study groups — all for free.
Surely the traditional college degree would instantly collapse.
Today, much of that hype has subsided (though best-selling authors and newspaper columnists are still making the case that “the end of college” is nigh). And new research on 1.7 million MOOC participants offers a more nuanced view of just what these courses are and could become.
Strangely, there has not been a lot of writing and publishing on MOOCS lately so I immediately noticed this one “A visualization of the MOOCs offered by Harvard U. and M.I.T.HARVARD U./M.I.T.Surveying the MOOC Landscape.”
Nothing new, just a visualization of MOOCS, check it our here: https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2015/04/02/harvard-u-massachusetts-institute-technology-release-updated-mooc-research