Report: MOOC Instructors Need More Support

Have you ever joined a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course)? There are thousands of MOOCs available, many for free and Universities are leading the way. What is the ROI and the reaction from teachers to the added workload?  An interesting article from by Leila Meyer 04/03/16 from Campus Technology

Have you ever attended a MOOC?

Providing more support for instructors may improve the student experience in massive open online courses (MOOCs), according to a study conducted by researchers from Penn State and the University of Central Florida.

The researchers interviewed 14 current and former instructors of MOOCs and discovered that only 4 of the 14 were interested in teaching MOOCs on a regular basis, according to a news report on the Penn State site. Of the remaining 10 instructors, two said they didn’t want to teach another MOOC, four wanted to take a break, and another four “were concerned about the demands of teaching another course,” according to the report.

One concern was the amount of work required to prepare a MOOC, which requires the instructor to write lessons and record video lectures in addition to their traditional teaching duties. One of the instructors told the researchers that it took 400 hours of work to prepare a single course.

Some instructors struggle during the implementation and feedback phases of a MOOC, according to the researchers. Instructors who are used to providing students with one-on-one guidance must adjust their expectations when teaching thousands of students in a MOOC. They also need new models and methods for measuring the success of a course since the traditional metric of measuring student retention rates doesn’t apply to MOOCs, where 90 percent of students leave the course after two weeks, not necessarily because there’s anything wrong with the course but because many people join MOOCs out of curiosity or to collect materials for study on their own time.

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