Massive open online courses were never meant to be dull and lonely. But how can the courses encourage more student-to-student and student-to-faculty interaction?
What do massive open online courses mean for the future of higher education?
Oregon State University Ecampus has inked a deal that will provide incoming online students with personal coaching and feedback on the overall online experience as part of the school's continuous improvement efforts.
The University of California, Irvine will launch a massive open online course based on AMC's popular zombie drama "The Walking Dead."
MOOCs will change higher education radically, but not in the way we expect right now.
MOOCs' massive class sizes can breed a sense of isolation, but they also offer unique opportunities for student interaction and collaboration.
San Jose State University has published the findings of a study of its recent experiment with for-credit Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). Student performance improved between the spring 2013 pilot program and the following summer program in all three of the initial classes offered. However, the overall retention rate for the summer program dropped.
The sheer size and diversity of the student body in a MOOC force faculty to use strategies for planning, teaching, and assessment that differ radically from those used in traditional classes.
A virtual network of scholars, artists, and students who work on technology, science, and feminism will be running a "distributed open collaborative course," or DOCC, that looks at technology through a feminist lens. Planned activities include a "storming" of Wikipedia to write women "back" into the history of technology.
Combining in-class instruction with high-quality MOOCs may resolve some of the hurdles facing stand-alone MOOCs, but questions about cost and the impact on faculty remain unanswered.