HarvardX & MITx Share Working Papers on MOOCs Assessment

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The working paper series features a summary and detailed reports about individual courses. It appears that there will be no grand unifying theory of MOOCs and that these are neither useless nor the salvation of higher-education. They are just one more tool for people to learn (which has been my theory all along!). Some of the conclusions of this work in progress:

  • HarvardX and MITx registrants are not “students” in a conventional sense, and they and their behavior differ from traditional students in K-12 and post-secondary institutions.
  • Registrant activity differs considerably within and across courses.
  • There will be no grand unifying theory of MOOCs.
  • Measuring learning requires a greater investment in assessment and research.

More on http://web.mit.edu/newsoffice/2014/mit-and-harvard-release-working-papers-on-open-online-courses-0121.html

To download working papers: http://odl.mit.edu/mitx-working-papers/