Great Reads: The MOOC Revolution That Wasn’t

Here is a great article from techcrunch that along with offering several plugs for the author, Dan Friedman’s, compelling one-to-one education company, Thinkful, the writing offers three great suggestions to improve student retention and completion.

  1. One-on-one mentorship was long ago found to be dramatically more effective than group instruction.
  2. Second, retention marketing needs to be brought to learning.
  3. Third, new technologies enable methods of “learn by doing” that just weren’t possible before we could deliver immersive experiences to people’s laptops and phones.

He also warns against dumbing down courses to try to improve completion.

The future of online learning isn’t about accessibility: it’s about taking what we already know works offline and combining it with what you can only do online to create the most engaging experience

See the rest of the article here.

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