Effective MOOCs
Access
Educate 1 billion people
Research
Understand learning
Quality
Improve learning
Quality
Can we improve on the in-
person experience?
Yes, we can!
● Most MIT students preferred pure online to
residential (sample bias)
● 98.6% of on-line alumni found it as ...
How can we improve on the
in-person experience?
● Centralization
– Data and crowdsourcing
● Deeply adapt pedagogy to technology
● Aim for better-than-residential
● Resear...
● Centralization
– Data and crowdsourcing
● Deeply adapt pedagogy to technology
● Aim for better-than-residential
● Resear...
Mastery learning
Students do not move on until they've
mastered a concept
Process
● Surveyed all of the problems in 6.002 (regular)
● Virtually all of the problems could be covered
with numeric, s...
Self-paced learningSelf-paced learning
ICAP
Passive Active Constructive
● Generating
information
● Socratic-
style learning
sequences
● Write an
article
● Manipu...
Learning
objectives
Introduce
problem
5
Students
discover
paradox
Students
work
through
math
Set up
next
equation
Explain
...
$500,000
5000
1.6 million
Problem
Problem
Problem
Problem
Problem
Problem ProblemProblem
Problem
Problem
Problem
Problem
Problem
Problem
Problem
Problem
Mining data on real student points of confusion
Research, on-line, and residential as complementary
Using master/novice in...
Past
● More resources per course
● Deep integration of technology and pedagogy
● Research-based practices
Present
● Big da...
2013 06 13 (uc3m) emadrid pmitros edx effective moocs
2013 06 13 (uc3m) emadrid pmitros edx effective moocs
2013 06 13 (uc3m) emadrid pmitros edx effective moocs
2013 06 13 (uc3m) emadrid pmitros edx effective moocs
2013 06 13 (uc3m) emadrid pmitros edx effective moocs
2013 06 13 (uc3m) emadrid pmitros edx effective moocs
2013 06 13 (uc3m) emadrid pmitros edx effective moocs
2013 06 13 (uc3m) emadrid pmitros edx effective moocs
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2013 06 13 (uc3m) emadrid pmitros edx effective moocs

  1. 1. Effective MOOCs
  2. 2. Access Educate 1 billion people Research Understand learning Quality Improve learning
  3. 3. Quality
  4. 4. Can we improve on the in- person experience?
  5. 5. Yes, we can! ● Most MIT students preferred pure online to residential (sample bias) ● 98.6% of on-line alumni found it as good as or better than residential (sample bias) ● SJSU: Randomized experiment – Completion rate: 59% → 91% – Midterm scores: up 5.6 points, 9.6 points
  6. 6. How can we improve on the in-person experience?
  7. 7. ● Centralization – Data and crowdsourcing ● Deeply adapt pedagogy to technology ● Aim for better-than-residential ● Research-based practices
  8. 8. ● Centralization – Data and crowdsourcing ● Deeply adapt pedagogy to technology ● Aim for better-than-residential ● Research-based practices
  9. 9. Mastery learning Students do not move on until they've mastered a concept
  10. 10. Process ● Surveyed all of the problems in 6.002 (regular) ● Virtually all of the problems could be covered with numeric, symbolic equation, and circuit inputs ● Added one additional type (custom) to take advantage of the platform ● No multiple choice, true/false, etc.
  11. 11. Self-paced learningSelf-paced learning
  12. 12. ICAP Passive Active Constructive ● Generating information ● Socratic- style learning sequences ● Write an article ● Manipulating information ● Videos with interspersed problems ● Highlight a passage ● Receiving information ● Attending lecture ● Reading text Chi's ICAP framework
  13. 13. Learning objectives Introduce problem 5 Students discover paradox Students work through math Set up next equation Explain paradox. Guide students to resolution “If you did this correctly, you ought have gotten...” ...
  14. 14. $500,000
  15. 15. 5000
  16. 16. 1.6 million
  17. 17. Problem
  18. 18. Problem Problem
  19. 19. Problem Problem Problem ProblemProblem
  20. 20. Problem Problem Problem Problem Problem Problem Problem Problem
  21. 21. Mining data on real student points of confusion Research, on-line, and residential as complementary Using master/novice interactions Free and open, not "open"
  22. 22. Past ● More resources per course ● Deep integration of technology and pedagogy ● Research-based practices Present ● Big data Future ● Distributed classroom: crowds, open content
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