A Canary in the Coal Mine
of Online Learning
Lori Packer
HighEdWeb
October 8, 2013
#tie11
Sunday, October 6, 2013
“Online” learning
isn’t new
Walter Lewin, “Electricity and Magnetism” http://ocw.mit.edu/courses/physics/8-02-electricity-...
“Online” learning
isn’t new
Walter Lewin, “Electricity and Magnetism” http://ocw.mit.edu/courses/physics/8-02-electricity-...
“Online” learning
isn’t new
Walter Lewin
MIT Physics professor
Courses have been
on MIT CableTV for 20
years.
Broadcast on...
Technology has changed.
Business models have changed.
Expectations have changed.
Commitment to open learning
and teaching ...
Case Study #1:
Traditional
Online degree in Library and
Information Sciences from
Syracuse University’s iSchool
#tie11
Sun...
Gamification course offered by
University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton
School through Coursera
Taught by Kevin Werbach (@kwerb...
What is a MOOC, you ask?
Massive Open Online Course
Free, open to anyone who signs up, all online
(no classroom component)...
What is Coursera, you ask?
Start-up founded by two Stanford professors in
April 2012; spawned consortium with Penn,
Michig...
What is Coursera, you ask?
For-profit, venture capital funded
Reported first revenues in first quarter
of 2013 after offering...
Students
Sunday, October 6, 2013
Case Study #1:
Traditional
Apply to grad program, are accepted or rejected
20-30 students per class
Mix of students who ne...
80,000 students enrolled
43,000 watched 1st lecture video
12,800 submitted 1st written assignment
10,700 submitted 2nd wri...
Case Study #2: MOOC
Study in April 2013 showed average completion
rates for MOOCs at around 7%
http://www.insidehighered.c...
Faculty
Sunday, October 6, 2013
Personal Takeaway #1
Faculty are HUGELY important to an
online learning experience, both
traditional and MOOC ...
... and ...
Case Study #1:
Traditional
• Create syllabi
• Prepare lectures (usually)
• Moderate discussions forums (usually)
• Devise ...
• Prepare lectures
• Devise assignments
• ... and thatʼs pretty much it.
• Grading = online quizzes, peer grading
#tie11
C...
More on Peer Grading
Must complete 3 written assignments
Must evaluate essays from 3 students
BUT ... why would another st...
Lectures
Sunday, October 6, 2013
Case Study #1:
Traditional
Sunday, October 6, 2013
Case Study #1:
Traditional
Sunday, October 6, 2013
Case Study #2: MOOC
Sunday, October 6, 2013
Case Study #2: MOOC
Sunday, October 6, 2013
Personal Takeaway #2
The lecture isn’t going away.
The lecture -- as a format, as
content -- is what binds the students
to...
Collaboration
Sunday, October 6, 2013
Personal Takeaway #3
“Discussions” are not discussions.
Discuss.
#tie11
Sunday, October 6, 2013
Case Study #1:
Traditional
Discussions are treated as homework
Effectiveness depends on the role taken by the
professor
Bl...
Case Study #1:
Traditional
Other “collaboration” tools in Blackboard:
• Blogs
• Wikis
• Messaging
• File sharing
However, ...
I’ve found MOOCs a solitary experience
Discussion forums actually didn’t play a role in the
class for me at all
Real discu...
Technology
Sunday, October 6, 2013
Personal Takeaway #4
Less is more with educational technology.
I don’t need a Swiss-army-knife,
kitchen-sink LMS.
Make it ...
Case Study #1:
Traditional
http://goddessofclarity.com/
2011/07/18/blackboard-is-not-
awesome/
“Blackboard is not
awesome....
Case Study #1:
Traditional
http://goddessofclarity.com/
2011/07/18/blackboard-is-not-
awesome/
“Blackboard is not
awesome....
Case Study #2: MOOC
#tie11
Sunday, October 6, 2013
The Future of
Higher Ed?
Sunday, October 6, 2013
“Rarely is the question asked,
‘Is our children learning?’”
http://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/hack-higher-education/drop...
“MIT and Harvard will use the
jointly operated edX platform to
research how students learn and
how technologies can facili...
“Data from edX’s first course
offer preliminary insights into
online learning”
http://web.mit.edu/newsoffice/2013/6002x-da...
Online learning != MOOCs
#tie11
Sunday, October 6, 2013
Inside Higher Ed 2013 Survey on
Faculty Attitudes on Technology
http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/
...
“Every course I’ve ever taken in
Blackboard has been different than every
other course I’ve taken in Blackboard.”
#tie11
P...
Coursera courses approved for college credit by
ACE
http://www.informationweek.com/education/online-learning/coursera-cour...
Adding value:
Education or Prestige?
“Think about how impressed you’d be if
your cousin got into Harvard. Then think
about...
“In five to 10 years, people are going
to look back and wonder why
universities ever crammed 500
students into an auditori...
Questions?
I’m all ears.
< do canaries have ears? >
@LoriPA
Sunday, October 6, 2013
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  1. 1. A Canary in the Coal Mine of Online Learning Lori Packer HighEdWeb October 8, 2013 #tie11 Sunday, October 6, 2013
  2. 2. “Online” learning isn’t new Walter Lewin, “Electricity and Magnetism” http://ocw.mit.edu/courses/physics/8-02-electricity- and-magnetism-spring-2002/ License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA Sunday, October 6, 2013
  3. 3. “Online” learning isn’t new Walter Lewin, “Electricity and Magnetism” http://ocw.mit.edu/courses/physics/8-02-electricity- and-magnetism-spring-2002/ License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA Sunday, October 6, 2013
  4. 4. “Online” learning isn’t new Walter Lewin MIT Physics professor Courses have been on MIT CableTV for 20 years. Broadcast on PBS stations in 1990s. Offered as EdX MOOC in 2013. Walter Lewin, “Electricity and Magnetism” http://ocw.mit.edu/courses/physics/8-02-electricity- and-magnetism-spring-2002/ License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA Sunday, October 6, 2013
  5. 5. Technology has changed. Business models have changed. Expectations have changed. Commitment to open learning and teaching is the same. #tie11 Sunday, October 6, 2013
  6. 6. Case Study #1: Traditional Online degree in Library and Information Sciences from Syracuse University’s iSchool #tie11 Sunday, October 6, 2013
  7. 7. Gamification course offered by University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School through Coursera Taught by Kevin Werbach (@kwerb) #tie11 Case Study #2: MOOC Sunday, October 6, 2013
  8. 8. What is a MOOC, you ask? Massive Open Online Course Free, open to anyone who signs up, all online (no classroom component) Udacity (Stanford) edX (MIT and Harvard, Berkeley) Coursera (now up to 88 partner schools) #tie11 Sunday, October 6, 2013
  9. 9. What is Coursera, you ask? Start-up founded by two Stanford professors in April 2012; spawned consortium with Penn, Michigan, Princeton Major expansions in September 2012 (17 new schools added) and February 2013 (29 new schools added) Huge growth overseas: 31 of 88 partners are now outside the U.S. #tie11 Sunday, October 6, 2013
  10. 10. What is Coursera, you ask? For-profit, venture capital funded Reported first revenues in first quarter of 2013 after offering “Signature Track” 452 courses, 4.9 million students Costs universities ~$30K-50k to produce a Coursera MOOC #tie11 Sunday, October 6, 2013
  11. 11. Students Sunday, October 6, 2013
  12. 12. Case Study #1: Traditional Apply to grad program, are accepted or rejected 20-30 students per class Mix of students who need the MLS credential and students changing, expanding careers Most work full-time, do not live in Syracuse #tie11 Sunday, October 6, 2013
  13. 13. 80,000 students enrolled 43,000 watched 1st lecture video 12,800 submitted 1st written assignment 10,700 submitted 2nd written assignment 8,280 completed course & earned certificate #tie11 Case Study #2: MOOC Sunday, October 6, 2013
  14. 14. Case Study #2: MOOC Study in April 2013 showed average completion rates for MOOCs at around 7% http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2013/05/10/new-study-low-mooc-completion-rates Should we care about completion rates? Do we know the intent of the thousands of students who enroll in a MOOC? The “Netflix effect” http://wjspaniel.wordpress.com/2013/05/27/can-we-stop-caring-about-mooc-completion-rates/ #tie11 Sunday, October 6, 2013
  15. 15. Faculty Sunday, October 6, 2013
  16. 16. Personal Takeaway #1 Faculty are HUGELY important to an online learning experience, both traditional and MOOC ... ... and maybe even more so than in an in-person classroom experience. #tie11 Sunday, October 6, 2013
  17. 17. Case Study #1: Traditional • Create syllabi • Prepare lectures (usually) • Moderate discussions forums (usually) • Devise assignments • Grade assignments #tie11 Sunday, October 6, 2013
  18. 18. • Prepare lectures • Devise assignments • ... and thatʼs pretty much it. • Grading = online quizzes, peer grading #tie11 Case Study #2: MOOC Sunday, October 6, 2013
  19. 19. More on Peer Grading Must complete 3 written assignments Must evaluate essays from 3 students BUT ... why would another student in this class know more than me on this topic? #tie11 Sunday, October 6, 2013
  20. 20. Lectures Sunday, October 6, 2013
  21. 21. Case Study #1: Traditional Sunday, October 6, 2013
  22. 22. Case Study #1: Traditional Sunday, October 6, 2013
  23. 23. Case Study #2: MOOC Sunday, October 6, 2013
  24. 24. Case Study #2: MOOC Sunday, October 6, 2013
  25. 25. Personal Takeaway #2 The lecture isn’t going away. The lecture -- as a format, as content -- is what binds the students together in an online class, more so than “discussions.” It’s what we have in common. It provides structure. Sunday, October 6, 2013
  26. 26. Collaboration Sunday, October 6, 2013
  27. 27. Personal Takeaway #3 “Discussions” are not discussions. Discuss. #tie11 Sunday, October 6, 2013
  28. 28. Case Study #1: Traditional Discussions are treated as homework Effectiveness depends on the role taken by the professor Blackboard makes following discussion threads difficult #tie11 Sunday, October 6, 2013
  29. 29. Case Study #1: Traditional Other “collaboration” tools in Blackboard: • Blogs • Wikis • Messaging • File sharing However, real collaboration took place on Google Docs, Facebook groups #tie11 Sunday, October 6, 2013
  30. 30. I’ve found MOOCs a solitary experience Discussion forums actually didn’t play a role in the class for me at all Real discussions were on Twitter, mostly with friends outside the class Discussion platform in Coursera more user-friendly Case Study #2: MOOC #tie11 Sunday, October 6, 2013
  31. 31. Technology Sunday, October 6, 2013
  32. 32. Personal Takeaway #4 Less is more with educational technology. I don’t need a Swiss-army-knife, kitchen-sink LMS. Make it easy to use, easy to collaborate. #tie11 Sunday, October 6, 2013
  33. 33. Case Study #1: Traditional http://goddessofclarity.com/ 2011/07/18/blackboard-is-not- awesome/ “Blackboard is not awesome.” #tie11 Sunday, October 6, 2013
  34. 34. Case Study #1: Traditional http://goddessofclarity.com/ 2011/07/18/blackboard-is-not- awesome/ “Blackboard is not awesome.” #tie11 Sunday, October 6, 2013
  35. 35. Case Study #2: MOOC #tie11 Sunday, October 6, 2013
  36. 36. The Future of Higher Ed? Sunday, October 6, 2013
  37. 37. “Rarely is the question asked, ‘Is our children learning?’” http://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/hack-higher-education/dropping-out-moocs-it-really-okay Sunday, October 6, 2013
  38. 38. “MIT and Harvard will use the jointly operated edX platform to research how students learn and how technologies can facilitate effective teaching both on-campus and online. The edX platform will enable the study of which teaching methods and tools are most successful. ” http://web.mit.edu/newsoffice/2012/mit-harvard-edx- announcement-050212.html #tie11 Sunday, October 6, 2013
  39. 39. “Data from edX’s first course offer preliminary insights into online learning” http://web.mit.edu/newsoffice/2013/6002x-data-offer- insights-into-online-learning-0611.html #tie11 Only 3% of students used forums Peer interaction increased student’s chance of success Video lectures most popular resource when completing assignments; online textbook for taking exams Sunday, October 6, 2013
  40. 40. Online learning != MOOCs #tie11 Sunday, October 6, 2013
  41. 41. Inside Higher Ed 2013 Survey on Faculty Attitudes on Technology http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/ files/FacTech%20webinar.pdf #tie11 Make syllabus available on LMS? 76% = always; 7% = never Lecture capture? 11% = always; 69% = never Identify those needing help? 24% = always; 34% = never Sunday, October 6, 2013
  42. 42. “Every course I’ve ever taken in Blackboard has been different than every other course I’ve taken in Blackboard.” #tie11 Personal Takeaway #5 Sunday, October 6, 2013
  43. 43. Coursera courses approved for college credit by ACE http://www.informationweek.com/education/online-learning/coursera-courses-approved-for-college-cr/ 240148119 Rubber hits the road: Half dozen institutions to grant transfer credit http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2013/08/08/researchers-wait-see-if-students-want-transfer- credits-moocs MOOC ‘revolution’ may not be as disruptive as some had imagined http://chronicle.com/article/MOOCs-May-Not-Be-So-Disruptive/140965/ Credentialling and Transfer Credits Sunday, October 6, 2013
  44. 44. Adding value: Education or Prestige? “Think about how impressed you’d be if your cousin got into Harvard. Then think about how impressed you’d be if your cousin told you she was going to enroll in Harvard’s free online course. Then subtract those two. The difference is the value of a Harvard education.” --University of Rochester professor Ben Hayden http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-decision-tree/ 201205/how-harvard-and-mit-can-give-away-their-only- product-free #tie11 Sunday, October 6, 2013
  45. 45. “In five to 10 years, people are going to look back and wonder why universities ever crammed 500 students into an auditorium to listen to a lecture for an hour and a half.” -- Coursera co-founder Daphne Koller http://www.npr.org/2012/09/30/162053927/online-education- grows-up-and-for-now-its-free #tie11 Sunday, October 6, 2013
  46. 46. Questions? I’m all ears. < do canaries have ears? > @LoriPA Sunday, October 6, 2013
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