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MOOCs: Retention rates, challenges, and more

Posted on Tuesday April 23rd 2013

A recent NY Times article, reminds us that MOOCs {Massive Open Online Courses]  and their usefulness for credit bearing degree programs still may remain illusive.  While the article rates the usefulness, the interaction with the ‘star’ professors, the variability in course content, the retention rate is still dismal.  The author also indicates for many of the MOOCs he enrolled in, the student to professor and the student to student interaction was poor.  Additionally, Amherst College  rejects joining EdX, one of the three major MOOC providers, and questions MOOC viability for  transfer for credit into their curricula.  A further NY times blog questions the potential high costs of MOOCS>

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