Is Peer Input as Important as Content for Online Learning?

by MindShift WQED

The Stanford professors readily admit that some of the students who participated in their massive open online courses provided their peers with deeper, more comprehensive answers than they were able to. “It was totally clear to me that content is only the starting point.” You’d expect MIT to tout its content as the solution. But that’s not how Steve Carson, director of external affairs for OpenCourseWare, describes the benefits of their project.  “The most exciting thing is that the last six months of open education have been spectacularly disruptive,” Carson says.

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