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Research from the Michigan Virtual University on a connectivist MOOC

Tony Bates leitet seine Zusammenfassung mit dem Hinweis ein, dass wir langsam in die Phase der ersten Erfahrungs- und Forschungsberichte über MOOCs eintreten. Hier handelt es sich um einen cMOOC, der von der Kent State University durchgeführt und vom Michigan Virtual Learning Research Institute ausgewertet wurde. Sein Ziel: „How can we get teachers to think more deeply about reinventing education?“ Er lief über sechs Wochen, hatte 673 (zu Beginn) bzw. 848 (am Ende) Teilnehmer, und man nutzte Coursesites von Blackboard als MOOC-Plattform. Tony Bates reflektiert in seinen Anmerkungen ausführlich über zukünftige Forschungsschwerpunkte und fragt z.B.:

„Despite the very good work done by the instructors/researchers of this MOOC, I am still left with the question: what did the participants actually learn from this MOOC? For instance, what would an analysis of the student ‘artifacts‘ have told us about their learning? Unless we try to answers questions about what actual learning took place then it will remain difficult if not impossible to measure the true value of different kinds of MOOC, and I think that would be a pity.“
Tony Bates, e-learning and distant education resources, 30. März 2014

Despite the very good work done by the instructors/researchers of this MOOC, I am still left with the question: what did the participants actually learn from this MOOC? For instance, what would an analysis of the student ‘artifacts’ have told us about their learning? Unless we try to answers questions about what actual learning took place then it will remain difficult if not impossible to measure the true value of different kinds of MOOC, and I think that would be a pity. – See more at: http://www.tonybates.ca/2014/03/30/research-from-the-michigan-virtual-university-on-a-connectivist-mooc/#sthash.pkaj5pg6.dpuf

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