Challenges to Research in MOOCs

Helene Fournier, Rita Kop, Guillaume Durand, The NicNames Project, LETSI / PR newswire, Apr 30, 2014
Commentary by Stephen Downes

This is a paper published by my colleagues at NRC describing research on some of the MOOCs we've offered over the years here. "the authors report on an exploratory case study of PLENK, a connectivist-style MOOC, and highlight some of the challenges in the research and analysis process, especially as significant amounts of both quantitative and qualitative data were involved." Because of the lag-time in publication in academic journals, this work seems to me to be talking about older work, but in reality this research is at the forefront of our understanding of massive open online learning.


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