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Discussion in 'General Discussions' started by Carolyn, Sep 18, 2014.
Share your thoughts, tips and experiences of learning with MOOCs and online courses.
Tell us how many MOOCs you have studied.
What courses were they?
Did you complete them?
It would be great to have a certificate for academic courses, if people accepted them. Testing is a problem, making sure the person taking the course is the same person taking the test!
Some MOOC aggregator sites such as CourseTalk & ClassCentral give users the option to rate a course based on their own experiences.
Do you read these reviews?
Do you find them helpful?
MOOC provider EdX has launched a high school initiative offering 27 new courses geared to high school students across the world. These high school MOOCs are developed by some of the best universities in the world, including UC Berkeley, Rice, MIT and include courses like The Road to Selective College Admissions, as well as subjects like Geometry and Algebra.
EdX aim to offer high-quality, engaging and interactive courses to prepare high school students for post-secondary studies.
To see full list of available courses geared at highschoolers, go to https://www.edx.org/high-school-initiative
The jump from high school to post-secondary education is huge for most students. These new MOOCs will give students the opportunity to better prepare themselves before the big leap. Well done EdX!
A study by Cornell and Stanford investigated the engagement patterns of more than 300,000 Coursera students and devised a “taxonomy of engagement” that divides MOOC participants into five different types:
1. Bystanders. Bystanders are students who register, but don’t engage much. They may never login at all, or they may poke around, but then disappear.
2. Collectors. Collectors are students who mainly just download the lectures, but don’t participate much in the course.
3. Viewers. Viewers are students who watch the lectures, but don’t do many of the assignments.
4. Solvers. Solvers do the assigned work, but don’t necessarily watch the lectures.
5. All-Rounders. Finally, all-rounders achieve a balance of watching lectures and doing assignments.
Are you excited about taking your first ever MOOC?
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Most MOOC students are male
MOOCs attract students who already have college degrees
The average age of MOOC participants is 24
One-third of MOOC participants are from North America
Nearly half of registrants never engage with any of the content
Europeans view the most course content
Students with a doctorate view more course material
Serial students are the most engaged
MOOCs go to High School - a good article published in "Marketplace" http://www.marketplace.org/topics/education/learningcurve/moocs-go-high-school
It seems this may be the new direction for MOOCs.
Most teenagers need personalised support in their learning. I don't believe MOOCs are designed for the younger audience.
The digital education company Amplify has launched an AP Computer Science MOOC designed for schools where each school has a designated "coach": https://users-mooc.amplify.com/
The type of high school student who is likely to take a MOOC probably doesn't need a "coach".
CollegeAtlas.org have published an Infographic on Online Students:
To see full Inforgraphic, go to http://www.collegeatlas.org/41-surprising-facts-about-online-students.html
A lot of learners start a MOOC but don't actually finish it. It would be interesting to know how many you have actually completed.
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I guess there are two scenarios here. People who take online courses to develop their learning and knowledge from a personal perspective and those who take them for professional development. Employers look for recognised certificates and experience neither of which can be obtained through MOOCs.
Recognition of certificates from MOOC is now possible and starting to gain traction. Structured CPD Requirements for most professional bodies can certainly be met by MOOCS.
Would you say this is the case today, or are you saying it is conceivable?
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