MOOC Research Initiative: Reports Released

George Siemens, Venture Beat, Jun 10, 2014
Commentary by Stephen Downes

George Siemens posts that the reports from the MOOC Research Initiative are now available. There's a disclaimer on the page saying "reports have not been peer reviewed and are provided without comment or assessment regarding research method and outcome" but I read through a dozen of so of them and find the work would be generally acceptable in academic journals (provided they added a 'literature review' section citing previously published works by the journal's editors and reviewers). The focus of the studies was empirical, ranging from an examination of media coverage to analysis of videos viewed to clickstream analysis to network graphs. But for all that many of the MOOCs studied were pretty similar to traditional courses (there are exceptions) and the surveys produce unsurprising results. (Image: Kellogg, Booth and Oliver) Related: Siemens is running a MOOC about analytics on edX this fall (turncoat! ;) ).

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