MOOC Discussion Forums: barrier to engagement?

Phil Hill, Sept 17, 2013
Commentary by Stephen Downes

I reiterated recently my observation that centralized discussion forums are not effective in massive courses, and while David Luebke disagreed, based on his experience teaching a course through Udacityh, the data are on my side, I think. That's what this post from Phil Hill seems to show, in any event. "There are several studies that appear to show that MOOC discussion forums have few students participating and that the forums are dominated by a small number of students," he writes. "I think it is becoming quite clear that certain elements can scale quite effectively (videos, quizzes), but that centralized discussion forums do not scale."

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