What OHSU can learn from MOOCs

MOOCs (Massive Open Online Course) are all the buzz right now, and the debate over whether students actually learn from a massive course still rage. Although OHSU will likely never offer a MOOC, can we learn anything from one?

This Chronicle of Higher Education article highlights the take-aways for “normal” online courses from MOOCs as  described by successful MOOC students:

  1. Clarity and Organization are key” – assignments need to be clearly defined and the course needs to be organized so there are no glitches and no confusion.
  2. Professors are the stars” – The personality of the instructor is important and can lend energy and enthusiasm for the topic.
  3. Text still matters” – Lecture alone doesn’t engage students. Studying for quizzes/exams is much easier when there is a text to accompany the lecture.
  4. Passion matters most” – students learn from instructors who are passionate about their topic (even if they aren’t the best in front of the camera).


Young, J. R. (n.d.). What Professors Can Learn From ‘Hard Core’ MOOC Students – Technology – The Chronicle of Higher Education. Home – The Chronicle of Higher Education. Retrieved June 28, 2013, from http://chronicle.com/article/What-Professors-Can-Learn-From/139367/

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