10 Responses to Data about the Metadata MOOC, Part 1: Student Activity

  1. Henry Mensch says:

    One of the blessings of a MOOC is that you can do it at your own pace … if you choose to do this then you don’t benefit from the cohort that’s pressing ahead at a quicker pace, but you benefit from what they’ve left behind (discussions, etc.). I don’t see a reason not to offer both options: select one on your way in, understand the implications of the option you’ve chosen, and then get started. Until MOOCs start awarding real credentials (college credit?) I’m not sure that the pace matters much.

    I didn’t think the discussions were all that great, but I think that has more to do with the really diverse crowd which was attracted to the course.

  2. I find the deadlines for the homework useful as reminders. During the week I was not able to follow the course in parallel with my work, so I followed the course and did the homework in the weekends. Without the deadlines I would probably not have completed the course. I found the homework (too) easy. I was always able to get a 100% score after 2-3 iterations. You have 10 in total … A colleague of mine accomplished the homework each time without actually having seen the videos which is a real shame and not the aim of the MOOC …

    • Henry Mensch says:

      I did exactly as you did … well, I also did something else: I ran through the homework once at first (and I only did this near the end) to determine what I already knew and what I needed to watch for … then I watched the videos and did the embedded quizzes (which mostly worked for me–occasionally there’d be a question which I couldn’t sort out) … then I did the homework “for real.”

    • Scott Petri says:

      Willem, have you considered that many course participants may come to the class with a high level of subject matter knowledge and may not need to access the lecture videos? They may just be surveying the course to see if their knowledge is still cutting edge, or in sync with the market. Others may be having their first exposure to the subject during this MOOC and may benefit from being able to practice and submit the homework multiple times. It is hard to be all things to all people, but that is what these courses strive to do. Like most aspects of education, the lesson that is hardest for students to learn is that they can only get back what they are willing to put in. Respectfully, Scott

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