Sandjar Kozubaev is an economist, experience strategist, educator and futures practitioner based in Atlanta. He is also one of few educators who can reflect on the realities of teaching a MOOC. While some aspects of the experience are positive, Sanjar explains why, in his mind, MOOCs will not be the future of education:
It’s been fairly well documented that the completion rate of MOOCs is very low. A recent study, found that only about 7% of students complete MOOCs. My course had approximately 1100 students registered and about 100 of them completed the course. So the completion rate is just under 10%. However, when your baseline for completion (or student engagement for that matter) is the number of students enrolled, it can be very misleading. After all, registration for the course in a MOOC environment doesn’t indicate any level of commitment to learn.
When you compare it to a traditional classroom environment, a student has already made multiple levels of commitment by the time she is in class. Measuring participation rate in a MOOC using student enrollment number is like measuring participation rate in a traditional university using the number of college applications. The fact that someone is interested in a topic and wants to learn, in and of itself doesn’t make her a committed student.
This presents a fundamental issue for MOOCs because their very nature makes reliable measurement of “engagement” very difficult.
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