About those U Penn MOOC results reported at MRI13

Phil Hill, Dec 08, 2013
Commentary by Stephen Downes

As Phil Hill points out, the main media focus from the recent MOOC Research Initiative conference (MRI) is a survey of some UPenn xMOOCs featuring large numbers of drop-outs (see Chronicle, Inside Higher Ed, and eCampusNews, for example). This is disappointing given the number of cMOOC practitioners at the conference. And the UPenn research isn't even worth writing home about. Kevin Werbach writes, "the researchers didn’t have any contact with the faculty teaching the courses. So some of their statements are generalizations. E.g., I’m not sure what it means for a course to be 'targeted at college students.'"

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