Educational Technology

December 19, 2013

Are the Poor Completion Rates of Online College Courses Really a Problem?

Filed under: Educational Technology — admin @ 12:40 am

by Before It’s News

MOOCs are going to need a bit of work, but was that really a surprise?  Sebastian Thrun himself noted in his blog: “There remains so much more that needs to be improved. The summer pilot was the second iteration of a new approach. To all those people who declared our experiment a failure, you have to understand how innovation works. Few ideas work on the first try. Iteration is key to innovation. We are seeing significant improvement in learning outcomes and student engagement. And we know from our data that there is much more to be done.” Before complaining about the completion rate of online courses,traditional college advocates should keep in mind all those folks they’ve turned away.

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