Online Learning Update

December 26, 2014

What MOOCs Teach Us

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:04 am

by Daphne Koller, Technology Review

One early prediction about MOOCs was that they would undermine or even replace the traditional college education—an idea we at Coursera never endorsed. And it hasn’t happened—only 15 percent of our current learners are college age. How do we create an educational experience suited to this very different population? First, we can share our knowledge about learner interests with our university partners, who can experiment with new courses, new subject areas, and hands-on projects that align with problem-­solving in real-world settings. We also need to find the right delivery method. Working adults have many demands on their time; they have to structure their learning around their lives, rather than the other way around. For this reason, we’re making the transition to an on-demand model that lets people engage with the content at their own pace. Finally, we need to educate people on the value of this new type of credential.

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