MOOC Experience Sebesta

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Presented at the 10 th Annual Innovations in Online Learning Conference San Antonio, TX May 22, 2014 Judith Sebesta, Ph.D.

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"Nothing has more potential to lift more people out of poverty — by providing them an affordable education to get a job or improve in the job they have" --Thomas Friedman, New York Times (January 26, 2013).

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Completion rate data on 26 of the MOOCs that have been offered by Coursera , EDx and Udacity

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“History and Future of (Mostly) Higher Education” Coursera Platform Instructor: Dr. Cathy Davidson, Duke University Humanities, Arts, Science and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory 12,000 Students

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“Ethical Reasoning: Justice” EdX Platform Instructor: Dr. Michael Sandel , Harvard University

Duke vs. Harvard :

Duke vs. Harvard Duke “Talking Head” Lectures Set up as tangent to a f2f/networked (w/ UC Santa Barbara and Stanford) graduate course Periodic Quizzes easy to “game” Diversity of (optional) assignments, including peer-reviewed writings Discussion Forum Meet up Groups, Research and Publicity re: course Harvard Lectures in Classroom with Students Set up as MOOC version of f2f course Difficult quizzes with pre-self tests; final exam 75% of grade Poll questions Discussion Forum for points

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Benefits Diversity of Participants New knowledge taught by e xperts in the field Convenience

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Challenges Overwhelming! Quality of contributions by participants Lack of incentives for completion No connection to instructor

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College works “…by bringing students together with the right people at the right time .” --Daniel F. Chambliss and Christopher G. Takacs in How College Works

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