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Stephen Downes

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One of the nice things about MOOCs is that they have the potential to refute some long-held beliefs about education. Like this: "Without coaching and the support system of a traditional program, the thinking goes, ill-prepared students will not learn a thing. Not so, according to researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology." Researchers wrote in a paper in IRRODL that ""There was no evidence that cohorts with low initial ability learned less than the other cohorts." In other words, "If they stuck it out," says Mr. Pritchard, "they learned."

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