Online Learning Update

March 31, 2018

Online Courses Turn Profs From ‘Sage on the Stage to Guide on the Side’

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:03 am

By Eleanor Bent, Cornell Sun

Cornell has made 12 MOOCs ranging a variety of subjects. Some of the most successful have been in the sciences, notably “Sharks! Global Biodiversity, Biology, and Conservation” conducted by Prof. William E. Bemis, ecology and evolutionary biology. His four-week-long course, which uses a combination of brief informational videos and interactive exercises to apply new concepts, aims to give participants an introduction to shark biology and conservation. The course has attracted “more than 25,000 learners to date from more than 180 countries,” according to Bemis and has an extremely high completion rate, something many MOOCs have failed to achieve.

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