Gates Foundation funds new research on MOOCs

Brianna Goldberg, , Oct 26, 2013
Commentary by Stephen Downes
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Nice to see the Canadian involvement in the next wave of MOOCs. "Three University of Toronto research teams are among the successful applicants in a competitive grant competition run by Athabasca University and funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation." One study "will compare the use of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) as active, instructor-led, open-facilitated courses with their use as archived, self-directed learning resources." Another will "use survey, clickstream, and assessment outcome data from the MOOCs that have been offered to understand how those dimensions interact." Another recipient is Glasgow Caledonian University's Allison Littlejohn.

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