This NYT blog article says the course’s name is Learning How to Learn, created by an electrical engineer and a neuroscientist, available through Coursera. Ijust registered (course has just started)!
“Students are clearly hungry to learn, and they’re particularly hungry for practically useful, scientifically based information told in a way that they can really get it.”
Links to more information:
The purpose is to develop platforms intelligent enough to mimic the traditional classroom experience. Have not educators learned that the problem with education lies in the traditional classroom experience?
More on this CHE article.
Harvard and MIT announce the release of their un-identified data on their MOOCs. Now others can study this big database to better understand this learning resource effectiveness.
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/