A great article by Todd Tauber The dirty little secret of online learning: Students are bored and dropping out discusses the recent over-hyped and under-completed massive online courses.
He offers a couple reasons for their failure and concludes that future IS bright with increased funding and development!
So why are all these students falling asleep, virtually, in their digital classes? Mainly because the people putting education online are still thinking in terms of classrooms. And despite incorporating “decades of research on how students learn best”, the world has changed a lot in just the last few years.
learning has to fit in between life and work. In a recent Duke University survey of MOOC students, for example, the most commonly cited barrier to completion was “lack of time/amount of time required.” Yet most of today’s online courses basically consist of reading assignments, lecture videos, homework problems and quizzes.
The National Science Foundation, for example, is funding a study by MIT researchers to understand exactly why the vast majority of MOOC students don’t make it to the finish line. Carnegie Mellon University, meanwhile, is spending $500,000 to $1 million to create each of 15 new courses based on up-to-date research into how adults learn online. And investments in next generation adaptive learning technologies are surging.
Also mentioned is the important need to think about MOBILE LEARNING (#mLearning) and how to properly engage students.
The rush to create online courses has, in many cases simply meant “classroom online” and, it doesn’t work. New pedagogies have to be utilized to interface with the technologies in ways that engage today’s busy and active learner. The promise of the future is there…just not yet.
A great article read the original at: QZ.com