Again: silver bullets are seldom the case in education. E.g. no single solution helps all students complete MOOCs

Yesterday I received this very interesting Freakonomics podcast on the issue of the scalability of interventions. Often we see – also in education – that something works in an experiment or in a field trial, but when everybody starts adopting the new method or the new insight… it fails. There can be several reasons why,… Read More Again: silver bullets are seldom the case in education. E.g. no single solution helps all students complete MOOCs

New study on the democratizing power of MOOC’s: don’t get your hopes up too high

There is a new study published in Science on the democratizing power of MOOC’s. In it they don’t look at the potential but rather examine who has participated so far, and while it maybe isn’t that surprising,  it’s not the group many people hoped for: Overall, individuals living in high-SES neighborhoods in the United States were… Read More New study on the democratizing power of MOOC’s: don’t get your hopes up too high

Examining the instructional quality of MOOCs: Lots of window dressing, much less quality?

Margaryan, Bianco and Littlejohn examined the instructional quality of 76 randomly selected Massive Open Online Courses (aka MOOCs), including 50 content-based xMOOCs and 26 connectivist cMOOCs. While the majority of MOOCs scored poorly on most instructional design principles, most MOOCs scored highly on organisation and presentation of course material. The quality was determined from first principles, using a Course… Read More Examining the instructional quality of MOOCs: Lots of window dressing, much less quality?

Good read: Reputations at risk as platforms fail to screen Moocs

MOOC’s are often a way to promote your institute, but can this form of promotion backlash? In this Times Higher Education-article, the answer is yes. The Leru paper, “Online learning at research intensive universities”, cites a number of Mooc failures that have led to reputational damage, including a course on the fundamentals of online education… Read More Good read: Reputations at risk as platforms fail to screen Moocs