Archive for February, 2016

What makes students stick with a MOOC?

“We found there was this sweet spot for registering,” Evans said. “The early birds, for whatever reason, were less likely to show up. Those who signed up one to three weeks before the course began were the most likely to persist.”

The students with the highest probability of actually completing the course were those who agreed to take a pre-course survey. Those students watched 12 more lectures and were 12 percentage points more likely to earn a completion certificate than those who chose not to complete the survey.

“It was fascinating to discover that the student’s willingness to take the survey was the strongest predictor that they would complete the course,” Evans said.


Posted: February 29, 2016 in Moodle MOOC posts

MOOC, COOC and SPOC – Different online courses, different needs

MOOC stands for Massive Open Online Course. The importance of this course is that it is open to a lot of people at the same time.

COOC stands for Corporate Open Online Course and is designed for companies.

And SPOC stands for Small Private Open Course. Contrary to MOOC and COOC, the aim of a SPOC is to address a small group of people and offer them a tailor made course.

Proceedings of the European Stakeholder Summit on experiences and best practices in and around MOOCs 


Making a MOOC successful

Posted: February 2, 2016 in Moodle MOOC posts

An article on making a MOOC successful –

«Designing a ‘successful’ MOOC is one thing. Making a MOOC ‘successful’ is something completely different.

Much has been written by far better and more eloquent people than me (here and here and here and here and here) on what makes a successful MOOC – all about interactions, journeys, optimum length, appropriate materials, platform, etc.. But what about making a MOOC successful? To me, there is a difference.»

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The article mentioned a new MOOC just starting on «Literature and Mental Helth», promoted by the University of Warwick in FutureLearn platform. I’ve just enrolled.