From massive access to cooperation: lessons learned and proven results of a hybrid xMOOC/cMOOC pedagogical approach to MOOCs

Ángel Fidalgo-Blanco, María Luisa Sein-Echaluce, Francisco José García-Peñalvo, International Journal of Educational Technology in Higher Education, Aug 17, 2016
Commentary by Stephen Downes

"What MOOC factors exert greater influence on dropout rate: participant profile or the underlying model?" ask the authors of this paper on different approaches to MOOCs. They propose a hybrid of xMOOC and cMOOC that "incorporates cooperation to create knowledge sharing among participants and combines characteristics of xMOOCs and cMOOCs." This reminds me of Matt Crosslin's work toward the same objective. The authors present case studies based on of two MOOCs implemented on the MiriadaX platform. The authors argue that "completion rate relates more to methodology than to the platform, theme or profile of enrolled participants." The hybrid model "doubled the completion rate for MiriadaX MOOCs." Terminological note; I will refer to these in the future as hMOOC.

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