The silent majority – why are MOOC forums counterproductive?

…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:

Crowd by James Cridland, on Flickr

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.

Read the rest of The corridor of uncertainty: The silent majority – why are MOOC forums counterproductive?.

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3 thoughts on “The silent majority – why are MOOC forums counterproductive?

  1. Thanks for this Vanessa. I was inspired enough to comment about clunky MOOC forums etc on his blog – just limbering up for my next MOOC later this month! – Gordon

  2. QMSE01: Quantum Mechanics for Scientists and Engineers (Stanford Uni) – been trying to understand QM for years – this is last chance hotel! – Gordon

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