What are MOOC’s missing?

What are MOOCs missing?

Reported by EdSurge, what these massive online open courses are missing is the individual support. It’s why MOOC completion rates are so dismal today. If you get stuck, and can’t figure something out yourself, where do you go from there?

One MOOC through Case Western Reserve University is attempting to solve for that by creating assignments that include creating local in-person support groups composed of other nearby students. And it’s these students taking this next step that tend to find the most success. But does this go against the beautiful promise of independent completely scalable online courses in the first place?

The takeaway? To make MOOCs work, individual support seems to be required. But then, are they truly anything different than what higher ed is already great at?

May you continue to fight the good enrollment growth fight at your institution today, and we’ll see you again tomorrow.

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Eric Olsen

Eric brings more than a decade of award-winning creative brand development, marketing analytics and higher education experience to Helix Education. Eric is a graduate of Bradley University and earned his MBA at Lewis University.