Comment on 5 key points to increased pass rates on a MOOC by amahoney

Dear Thomas,
thank you for taking the time to comment on my blog and for your insightful views.
I liked your statement that “the way is always to combine information with interaction, gamification or else to support learning”. I am really eager to try the gamifiation module on this course as soon as I get the chance. People do need interaction with a simulation in order to practuce online or better yet, practice online with the simulation and then come together with others in order to do face to face lab work and be more engaged with the learning.
Also in this video above, the presenter stated that failure rates in his MOOC fell from 40/41% to 9% using the flipped classroom blended learning model. The test was run on a Californian university where students completed the MOOC at a distance but came together for the lab work. He was able to replicate this same effect by licensing the MOOC to other locations around the world. Blended learning remains consistently more productive. So the different test groups would need to be geographically close.

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Comment on 5 key points to increased pass rates on a MOOC by Tom

I am now responding to two of your article.

Great that you also liked the article: https://www.yourtrainingedge.com/moocs-arent-interactive-so-theres-no-real-learning/
And I went through your opinions on How to make MOOCs successful. I absolutely agree on the 5 aspects you mentioned in your article. Based on my experience in adult education, the way is always to combine information with interaction, gamification or else to support learning. As I am comparing some MOOCs I can already see a huge difference between those who make use of a great variety of methods and those copy and pasting the same method over and over again. A very important aspect of online learning and the MOOCs is the possibility to rewind and repeat certain topics again – the great advantage of digital learning via MOOCs or other LMS.

I kind of stepped over your comment that online office hours are not manageable due to great size of participants. Yes and No. In my experience the number of participants making use of such options is relatively low, so I would give it a try. It may help certain students and pushes those who feel the need for some teacher – student interaction alive. Of course if we are talking about MOOCS with several thousands of participants this may not be feasible.

Another issue are the “Peer learning via discussion boards. When students respond to each other’s questions, they are learning by teaching other students” I absolutely agree with you that teacher presence is a must. Or should we think of creating a bot to moderate wrong answers or at least alerting the teacher in case discussion goes in the wrong direction !?!

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