1. Where do you think MOOCs might be useful, or if you think they might be useful, in your institution? Where is the right place to start?

  2. Kelvin Bentley says:

    It would be interesting to see MOOCs used in place of remedial education especially in community colleges. At Cuyahoga Community College, we received Gates Foundation funds to create a math MOOC. It is our hope that students who complete the MOOC would be able to place out of developmental course work or at least place into the very highest levels of developmental math. I also think MOOCs could be used in place of certain gateway courses but I do think it will be important for institutions to cap such courses and provide access to online student services (e.g., online tutoring) to help engage students and increase retention rates.

  3. Kelvin, I wrote a post that covers this very topic (in part) over at our blog. There are video interviews with several of your fellow MRI grantees about halfway down the page.

    It’s early days for use of MOOCs in remediation, but as you know, there are some interesting experiments happening.

    UPDATE: Sorry, the original link was wrong. It’s fixed now.

  4. viradsky says:

    I thought the idea of expanding MOOCs in degree-granting programs and especially as entry points was very interesting. I had similar ideas when working with online education internationally, and I think there is a special opportunity for this in the developing world. Thus far, MOOC providers have focused on getting university partners to produce new courses, but there is also an opportunity to connect with universities around the world that want to use MOOCs and hybrid online-in-person set-ups to expand course offerings and enrich instruction—especially in the English-language programs that many universities in the developing world are now offering.

    Secondly, many students, even those who get accepted to Western universities, are just not academically prepared to get the most out of the experience. MOOCs, especially when delivered in hybrid classrooms such as through Coursera Learning Hubs or other MOOC-based course centers would be great ‘entry-points’ that could be used to both test and prepare students who have been accepted to individual universities and to programs such as Erasmus Mundus, Fulbright, UGRAD, Muskie, DAAD, Norwegian Quota Scheme, and others.

  5. viradsky, Johns Hopkins University’s Bloomberg School of Public Health offers a number of MOOCs (and many more OpenCourseWare courses) that are used in the developing world to bolster the training of their public health professionals, and they have sent staff to Africa to help schools figure out how to use the materials.

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