Effectiveness of Integrating MOOCs in Traditional Classrooms for Undergraduate Students

Maria Joseph Israel, The International Review of Research in Open, Distance Learning (IRRODL), Oct 04, 2015
Commentary by Stephen Downes

This paper examines the use of MOOCs in a classroom setting (a phenomenon called 'wrapped MOOCs', though I haven't heard the expression used recently). "Students in blended MOOCs in traditional classrooms performed almost equal or slightly better than students in only face-to-face class environment, no significant evidence of negative effects for any subgroups in the hybrid model, lower levels of student satisfaction, and limited participation in discussion forums provided by MOOCs." Which seems to be a bit of a wash. But then again, the primary use of the MOOC is not deployment in a traditional classroom setting.

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