Category Archives: Analysis

Of headless MOOCs

A little-known fact about the Mechanical MOOC:  it was originally going to be called a “headless MOOC,” owing to the lack of instructor presence. The good folks at P2PU gently suggested that that might not be the best image for … Continue reading

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Wondering how we made the Mechanical MOOC? #mooc #mmooc

Thanks to the staff at Peer 2 Peer University, now you can learn the story behind the learning through this spiffy new report by P2PU’s Bekka Kahn, “How We Made The Mechanical MOOC – Freerange Learning With a Mechanical Guide.” … Continue reading

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Mech MOOC participation rolling into week 7 #mooc #mmooc #seq17jun13

You may find yourself wondering just how much participation is persisting in the the current iteration of the Mechanical MOOC Gentle Introduction to Python Course.  I know we do.  Here’s a chart with some answers: As can be seen above, … Continue reading

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Start of course survey: What we’ve learned

Thanks to the 150 or so Mech MOOCers who have filled out our pre-course survey.  You’re providing information that will really help us understand who is taking (and succeeding in) our course. We’ve learned that in many respects the people … Continue reading

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How many Mech MOOCers? #mooc #mmooc #seq17jun13

So one persistent issue with MOOCs is figuring out how many active learners you have in the pool of those who have signed up.  At the get go of the fourth sequence of the Mechanical MOOC, we have 1,787 registered … Continue reading

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Presentation on the first offering of the Mechanical MOOC Python course

Steve Carson of MIT OpenCourseWare recently gave a presentation on the first offering of the Mechanical MOOC “A Gentle Introduction to Python” course at the 2013 Global OpenCourseWare Consortium Conference.  Here are the slides: M mooc ocwc13_carson_050813_p2pu from Steve Carson

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Who really cares about MOOC completion?

(Cross-posted from the OpenFiction [ Blog ].) This is a really interesting graphic on MOOC completion, showing rates ranging from 20% to 2%.  The data points the researcher (Katy Jordan at OU UK) pulls out are: How big is the … Continue reading

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