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).

References:

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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