Online Learning Update

September 8, 2013

SJSU Plus Udacity Pilots: Lack of transparency in describing data

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:10 am

by Phil Hill, e-literate

The more I read on SJSU’s announcement on the pilot program, the more troubled I am with the lack of clear description of student population change (I wrote briefly about the change in student populations yesterday). In a nutshell, the spring 2013 pilot was completely different in the major demographic variables than the summer 2013 pilot. That’s good, right, showing that SJSU and Udacity are learning their lessons? It would be good if SJSU clearly described the student differences and avoided any implications that the numbers could be compared. Further, it would be good to avoid misleading comparisons to face-to-face courses at SJSU.

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