When MOOCs arrived on the higher education scene in 2012, educational technology enthusiasts, entrepreneurs, and trend-setters were hopeful that the massive online open courses would revolutionize higher education as we know it.
Although the hype surrounding MOOCs has largely waned in the United States, they continue attract attention among European and Asian institutions seeking to democratize education by giving access to courses that would otherwise be financially, academically, or geographically unavailable to those who take them. Regardless, the impact of MOOCs on teaching and learning remains largely unknown as the pace at which these courses are offered often outpaces our ability to research them.
In this lecture, the speaker will
1. offer an overview of the methodological issues related to researching MOOCs,
2. offer some results of early research conducted at the University of Minnesota, and
3. introduce some exciting research that promises to help us better understand MOOCs.