…that still insurmountable stumbling block (along with peer grading) in the path of effectiveness and student retention. MOOC forums = the ultimate anti-Cheers…via Alastair Creelman’s The corridor of uncertainty:
The discussion forum is a central feature of all learning management systems and the focus for most online courses. Often it’s the only interactive feature in the course but it’s notoriously difficult to generate real discussion there. Too few participants and it will probably never take off. Too many and it becomes chaotic. In many cases students only post in the forum because there are credits at stake and very often the real discussion takes place elsewhere; on Facebook or Google Hangouts for example.