Research questions on MOOCs: Who’s talking, who’s completing, and where’s the teaching?
December 14, 2012 at 10:54 am
In the last three weeks, I was asked several times at MIT and Stanford about what questions I would like answered about MOOCs. I didn’t get any answers, but folks at Georgia Tech were asking me about the questions, so I thought I’d share some of them here. This is the evidence I’m looking for.
Is there any teaching going on?
Overall, I’d really like to know more about the characteristics of people who complete MOOCs, e.g., how many are working full-time when taking the MOOC, how many hours a week are spent on homework in order to complete, what is the background of completers in terms of other degrees? Right now, MOOCs are just for autodidacts
. Do we want Computer Science to only be for autodidacts? Don’t we believe that teaching allows people to succeed who might not succeed on their own? (Isn’t that the definition of scaffolding?
) Are MOOCs really teaching, or are they filtering out the people who couldn’t learn on their own? If we want MOOCs to be for more than just those who don’t really need the teacher anyway, then we need to measure who is going in, what they know already, and what they learn at the end (and if they “come out,” i.e., complete).
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