One of the most balanced analysis on MOOC’s of recent frenzy.
Daphne talks about the educational research that she’s drawing on. I wondered: What’s new here? Why are people excited about MOOCs?
- Mining educational data to learn about learning isn’t new. It’s an established field with a multi-year conference (http://educationaldatamining.org/EDM2012/). In fact, there’s a standard open source repository for these sorts of data for learning scientists (http://learnlab.org/technologies/datashop/index.php). (I wonder if Coursera and Udacity are contributing to that?)
- Using technology to get students to actively engage with their learning isn’t new. Instructional Management Systems had the entire K-12 curriculum covered back in the 1990’s…
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