The Realities of MOOCs

Ben Betts, Apr 09, 2013
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Some interesting early results in a MOOC run by University of San Diego (USD) based on a course called "Sustainability in the Supply Chain." The post is a bit awkwardly written, but essentially, they started with three cohorts, one of 300, one of 150, and one of 50 students. All three lost members, as expected, but the smaller cohorts lost members more rapidly than the larger ones - by the two-week period, the 50-member cohort was down to four students! "If engagement is any measure to go by, then small class sizes don’t make for a great experience in the world of MOOCs."

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