Following my research on the problem of why the MOOCs are having problems, in the sense that participation and especially if 100 percent of the people who enroll in a course, only 5% ends courses and fully complete it (this figure may vary in many cases and let say that between 5 to 20 percent), I’ve find this great article (wich link I will provide to the end of this posts) that somehow tells us about the creator of Udacity and his ideas about Moocs. He has been doing changing over the years to make students learn and benefit from this kind of courses and why not to tell, to take a profit of it.
The issue has been raised from various points of view, I invite you to read the article.
Personally, I consider that an issue to be addressed would be how to encourage students to a collaborative work and secondly the issue of costs, it is well known that a Master degree cost a fortune, but, as does Stanford online, offering really interesting postgraduate courses in which instead of charging the $ 50,000 upwards, charge numbers ranging from 5000 to $ 10.000 for these courses, so the student has a commitment to himself, has paid money to study something that really is vitally important for their professional life and is willing to take the course until the end and at the same time still been a way to democratize learning and education. I do not know yet is this is working fine, but in my case I will pay this amount of money if I will have a good feedback and, as I always say, a peer to peer collaboration work.
Apart from the issue of costs and collaborative work, I think we should start changing the methodology of them, using tools that engage participants, make course something fun, like a good novel that you can not wait for continue reading because it entertaining narrative level. The use, for example, of some gamification could also be helpful in such courses. In these moments, like Sebastian Thrun, I still investigating and making proposals on how to solve the problems presented by MOOCs.
We also note that many of us enrolled in a course that really is interesting but we have no intention of receiving a certificate of achievement rather to learn, but of course, we are people who have an investigative mindset and MOOCs become part of our PLE.
So what would be the problems to be addressed in this research as an investigation? is at the end of it I wish to present results of it, so I continue with the theme and it is expected that your collaboration with your comments on social media, go ahead, in the belief that no research can be such without the involvement and collaboration of our peers.
I leave the link to the interview with Mr. Thrun in the hope that you read and commemt about.
In my next post, more of the same. The problem is served.
Julia Echeverría Moran
The interview on this link: http://www.fastcompany.com/3021473/udacity-sebastian-thrun-uphill-climb