There has been a lot of discussion about MOOC completion, most of which has focused on completion rates: what percent of people complete a MOOC, and how should we calculate that number? However, what has drawn less attention, but is potentially more interesting, is what in-course activities impact completion. Understanding whether or not different [...]
Massive open online courses (MOOCs) offer the potential for a student learning experience that is collaborative, engaging and global. What is distinctive about the student experience in a massive open online course (MOOC)? What do participants find most challenging about learning in a MOOC, and how has the MOOC experience impacted their learning?
The main purpose of Cathy Davidson’s The History of Future of (Mostly) Higher Education (taught in the Coursera platform) was to think about how to redesign higher education to meet 21st century learning goals. This post highlights her experimental approaches to teaching a MOOC and the lessons her students took away from the experience.
Duke recently added a multimedia discussion tool, VoiceThread, to Sakai. Instructors and students are able to leave written, video, and audio comments on media items such as slides, videos, or images. The functionality of the tool has been expanded to another Duke-supported teaching tool. Duke’s instance of WordPress (sites.duke.edu) now allows a VoiceThread to be embedded easily into your course website.
The Data Analysis and Statistical Inference Coursera MOOC is huge! There are over 85,000 students in the class from all over the world. The majority of people are participating in the course because it teaches useful skills. Read more to learn why students take the course, how the course design and resources help students learn, and read many student reactions.
Our pre-course survey results are in and all indications are that Marine Megafauna students are a diverse group! The first chart below shows the age distribution of students who took the survey. While there is a high concentration of students between ages 18 and 35, over 450 of our students are under 18. Of those, [...]
Marine Megafauna MOOC
A new Duke University MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) titled Marine Megafauna | An Introduction to Marine Science and Conservation has been running since February 3rd, 2014. Dr. Dave Johnston teaches this course offering about sea turtles, whales, dolphins, seals, penguins, sharks, giant squid and other large ocean creatures [...]
We are about one month in to the third session of Duke’s MOOC on Human Physiology, a popular course with over 32,000 students enrolled, and are excited to release some of the findings from our pre-course survey. As in most MOOCs, the students in this course tend to be college-educated young adults from English-speaking countries. [...]
Learn more about mobile learning, emerging technologies, best practices for teaching online, and more by attending the 5th annual “Transforming the Teaching and Learning Environment” virtual (online) conference hosted by the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. CIT has obtained an institutional registration for the conference, and individuals at Duke can obtain the [...]
The Distance Education Special Interest Group at Duke (DE SIG @ Duke) has announced their meeting agendas through June 2014. The group does not have a formal membership and all meetings are open to anyone who is interested in distance education – from the instructional, technical, or administrative perspective. Registration is requested for planning [...]
- MOOC completion and course activities
- Bass Online Apprentices Share the MOOC Student Experience
- Lessons from a Meta-MOOC
- Embed VoiceThreads into WordPress Sites
- Students in Duke’s Data Analysis and Statistical Inference MOOC
- Marine Megafauna: By the Numbers
- Marine Megafauna MOOC and the Public Library of Science (PLoS) collection