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