Online Learning Update

April 27, 2013

How was it? The UK’s first Coursera Moocs assessed

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:01 am

by CHRIS PARR, Times Higher Education

In January, the University of Edinburgh became the first UK university to offer massive open online courses on one of the big US Mooc platforms, Coursera. Its six courses – covering artificial intelligence, astrobiology, critical thinking, e-learning and digital cultures, philosophy, and equine nutrition – attracted 308,000 students, with Introduction to Philosophy the most popular, drawing almost 100,000 participants. The programmes, which ran over five weeks, had an estimated average completion rate of about 12 per cent, while early figures suggest that each Mooc cost about £30,000 from development to delivery. But what did instructors and students think?

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