Critics of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) have long raised concerns about low overall completion rates by learners. A new study in the December 8 issue of Educause Review Online (ERO) by Harvard University researcher Justin Reich reveals that these rates, hovering between 2 and 10 percent, often do not account for one crucial factor: student intentions. Read more about Learner Intention Recasts “Low” MOOC Completion Rates
Last September, HarvardX, the University-wide strategic initiative to enable faculty to build open online learning experiences and to conduct research, invited creative coders from around the world to a learning technology challenge.
Brad Edmondson has taken a position as HarvardX's new in-house Copyright Assistant.
Edmondson will begin working on a part-time basis helping out with copyright reviews and approvals, while also maintaining an active role on course development. He is currently working on the future EinsteinX course.
As part of the ongoing HarvardX Wednesday Workshops series, HarvardX visiting fellow Jonathan Haber will be leading a series of hands-on sessions covering a number of practical assessment topics that he has been discussing with the course teams over the last several weeks.
These sessions are meant to help course developers plan and develop better, more effective active learning components (including not just assessments, but anything in a MOOC involving active student participation).