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Measuring the impact of a MOOC course can be complicated


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  • My2Cents Taylorsville, UT
    Aug. 20, 2014 4:59 a.m.

    Don't know why they are offering these courses so cheap or free in world wide distribution while the schools are getting paid federal grants from the tax payers. There is a need for this kind of schools but they should not be free to the students taking them or funded by federal freebies.

    Its logical that these are motivated career seekers who target specific classes and subject matter to further a career then drop out with the free information and certificates they have acquired for a resume.

    But I think accredited education must be done in formal classrooms with students/professor interactions that are part of the learning process. Not everyone can read and be productive to society, it always takes skills and abilities that should be factored in as part of their eduction.

  • Michael Hunt Murray, UT
    Aug. 19, 2014 9:17 a.m.

    Course completion as a criteria of understanding the subject would indicate two levels of knowledge for the course - beginning and end. Regardless of the final status for each course taken, the increased familiarity or secondary aspects of education (reading, critical thinking, observation) can have a positive impact. MOOCS are an avenue for access to information with low barriers of obtainment. Actual completion results are irrelevant on a large, non-individual scale.