Online Learning Update

October 25, 2015

Is there more to a MOOC than its completion rate?

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:02 am

By Meris Stansbury, eCampus News

In a recent report published in the Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration, authors Dr. Elke M. Leeds, associate vice president of Technology Enhanced Learning and associate professor of Information Systems for KSU, and Dr. Jim Cope, executive director of the distance learning center at KSU, mention that in Stephen Haggard’s “The Maturing of the MOOC,” many state and public institutions have not yet been able to qualify or quantify the value proposition in order to justify engagement with the open course market. “Measures of anticipated success are based on measures of academic course success, when in actuality one is not necessarily a substitute for the other,” say the authors. They mention that in Reich and Ho’s “The Tricky Task of Figuring Out What Makes a MOOC Successful,” course drop-outs are not a breach of expectations, but rather a natural result of the online, open environment.
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