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MOOC

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Rayna Tagalicod

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Advisor Journal Club
April 4, 2013
Rayna Tagalicod Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC) Article What is MOOC? How it works High school students looking to get ahead or prepare for college

College students looking for lower cost, high quality college courses; may supplement for-credit courses at their institutions

Professionals looking to expand skills or shift careers The Year of the MOOC
Laura Pappano (2012) •MOOC stands for Massive Open Online Courses
•Typically free and not for credit
•Allows for massive participation (tens of thousands) from students world-wide
o Average class size is 50,000
•Course length varies but usually ranges between 6-11 weeks
•Instructors are mainly from partnering institutions
•Normally minimal involvement by professors •Create an account and register for courses for FREE
oAnyone with internet can participate
oNo admissions process
•Watch short video lectures
oLength varies greatly (2-12 minutes average)
•Some courses have tutors available via chat rooms or social media
•Complete assignments
oAssignments may or may not be different from those required in classroom, for-credit courses
oSome courses use social media to conduct course; e.g. students respond via Twitter
•Assignments graded either by machines, tutors, or by other students
•Some companies award completion with a certificate Target audience Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC) Coursera
(coursera.org) oFor-profit company founded by Stanford professors
oOperates by offering free courses by institutions (Princeton, University of Virginia) and earning a percentage of any revenue
oOver 3 million participants
o331 courses in over 20 subjects
oCreated by 62 Universities from 16 countries Udacity (udacity.com) oFor-profit company founded by a Stanford professor
oWorks with individual professors rather than institutions
oSelects instructors based on how they teach
oCourses focus specifically on computer science and related fields and classified into:
•4 categories of business, computer science, math, and physics
•3 levels of beginner, intermediate, and advanced
o“Meet-ups” are like study groups that allow students to have in-person interaction and discussions
•Organized by Udacity students EdX (edx.org) oNon-profit company run by MIT, Harvard, and Berkeley
oCourses in 15 subjects
o370,000 participants and rapidly growing
oPlans to add courses from international Universities Khan Academy
(khanacademy.org) oNon-profit company founded by an MIT and Harvard graduate
oCourses in 6 categories: math, science & economics, computer science, humanities, test prep, and test & interviews
oOver 4,000 videos
oContent is geared towards secondary education students
o“Couch dashboard” for coaches (parent, mentor, or teacher) to learn how to best support their learner
o“Teacher’s toolkit” provides ideas and materials to integrate Khan Academy into teacher’s classrooms Udemy (udemy.com) oFor-profit company allowing anyone to create a course
oInstructors are not all academically affiliated including celebrities or CEOs
oEncourages instructors to charge a small fee and split revenue with company
oCourses organized into trending, new & noteworthy, and staff picks (like Netflix) Interesting courses •Artificial Intelligence
•LeBron Asks
•Cryptography Partnering schools •Harvard College
•Massachusetts Institute of Technology
•Princeton University
•University of Florida
•University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill •Introduce a subject
•Supplement coursework
•Job retraining
•Progress towards degree with reduced tuition cost
•Open access to domestic and international education from elite Universities
•Learn at your own pace; option to pause/replay videos
•Convenience Advantages for Participants Advantages for Universities •Opportunities to generate revenue via fees for certificates, courses, degrees, licensing or advertisement
•Reduce cost of operations
•Easy and low-cost marketing; global brand recognition •Very poor completion rates (average 10%)
•Quality of learning
oStudents take responsibility for their own learning
oNo accountability since no grade/credit earned
oPre-requisites required?
•Cheating and plagiarism
•Limited instructor-student interaction (lack of intimacy)
oGetting lost in a sea of students
oParticipation/comments by thousands
•Difficult grading
oEfficiency of peer grading
oGrading written work
•Too much diversity
oParticipants may have wide-ranging educational backgrounds and lack a common level of discussion/interaction
•De-valuing a college degree
•Reaction to MOOCs by Universities and employers
•Competition between institutions with global, elite Universities Future •Partnering with institutions to offer credit and charge a fee
oE.g. Udacity teaming with San Jose State University for $150
•Reduce higher education tuition
•Offer graduate level courses •How will MOOCs fit into higher education?
•How will MOOCs affect advising?
•Do you think UHM should work with MOOCs? If so, in what capacity? Discussion Questions Concerns Concerns
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