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News & announcements from February 2013

CC Online courses: widens achievement gap

Thursday, February 28th, 2013

More recent reports suggest that online courses may widen the achievement gap.   Online students are less likely to achieve a degree.  Black students, male students, younger students, and students with lower grade-point averages are most susceptible to attrition in online courses.  Skill sets of students enrolling in online courses.  Columbia University’s Community College Research Center researchers examined 500,000 courses…


MOOC Crashes

Monday, February 18th, 2013

As  MOOCs [Massive Open Online Courses] expand and are absorbed/developed at colleges and universities, inevitably technology will be challenged.  Early in February, a MOOC on how faculty can set up an online course crashed.  Courseera who had over 40,000 faculty enrolled, had to suspend the course after only 5 days. The explanation of a ‘design’ flaw in using Google Documents…


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