The Experience• Why does it work for a student?• What does it take from technology?• What does it take from the faculty?
Db-class.org• http://www.db-class.org• Stanford U introductory database class running along traditional course• Total registered students: 91,734• Students turning in some work (composite score > 0): 25,859• Students receiving Statement of Accomplishment (composite score >= 160) : 6,513
Why do people participate?• Filling in gaps o New things since formal schooling o Things we missed but know we need• Participating in a group with common interests• Certification• Degrees
Features• Web site with weekly calendar and regular updates• Text and other materials available for easy download• Videos in small chunks, some with embedded check questions• Automated Assignments – with multiple attempts! o Quizzes o Exercises in a self-correcting workspace• Automated Exams• Q & A forum, with *very* active TAs and others• Weekly Screenside Chats
Good MOOC’s, Bad MOOC’sChronicle.com, July 25, 2012, 4:06 pmBy Marc BousquetPredicted ways Coursera and others will make money:a. Charging for certification and testing.b. Vending of tutorial services, translations, facilitation of small-group discussion and peer learning, etc.c. Direct tuition for courses or clusters of coursesd. Miscellaneous sources like ads and employment services
Four Barriers That MOOCs Must Overcome To Build a Sustainable Model http://mfeldstein.com/four-barriers-that-moocs-must-overcome-to-become-sustainable-model/