Research Directions: Gates Foundation
Drive scaled adoption of MOOCs for intro and
remedial learning content and competencies,
for low-income young adults, and in the
Research use cases, efficacy, and cost
savings of MOOC implementations
Drive evolution of MOOC conversations and
MOOC platforms toward higher quality,
improved pedagogy, and improved
What data needs to be captured and how open will it be
for the advancement of learning?
What are the purposes and designs of different types of
Related to the above, what are the various instructional
For which students, courses, and contexts are MOOCs
effective and where are they not?
How rich and deep is the learning with MOOCs – e.g.,
knowledge transfer vs. connectivism, deeper learning
Which components drive impact for our target
learners and what additional supports need to be
added online or face-to-face?
What is the faculty role, time commitments, and
work conditions versus face-to-face and traditional
online? Which faculty are well suited?
What are the costs and barriers for development?
Local customization? Implementation?
How can MOOCs serve broader goals of both
students and institutions?
University of Wisconsin La Crosse: Remedial Math MOOCs
3 Simple Questions
1. Briefly describe what you will actually do in your X
2. List 3 goals that you hope to accomplish in your
initiative (e.g., students will increase their time on task;
students will learn foundational knowledge faster and
more thoroughly; students will better organize their
course materials; students will adhere more closely to
course deliverable deadlines).
3. How will you know if you are successful in meeting the
goals you outlined above? What indicators will you
look at to see signs of that success (e.g., how will you
know students are spending more time on task or
performing better on assessments)?
• Promotion of personalization, engagement, and efficiency
in learning through the development of new instructional
delivery models that make creative use of content and
• Use of learner analytics to support quality, affordability,
and continuous improvement in instructional programs
• Tools, such as service blueprinting, that can help us to serve
students through our innovations
• Use of instructional technologies and platforms that
support competency-based learning, adaptive learning, and
other customized learning approaches
ELI Online Spring Focus Session
Learning and the