More MOOC

Hi folks.  Blogging will be light as I'm out of town.  

Interview with Sebastian Thrun in MIT Tech Review.  He's founder of  Udacity, among other things, and considered a sage of MOOCs:

San Jose State University is suspending courses it has been offering through Udacity that involved both high school and San Jose State students, due to low course-passing rates as compared to traditional classes, and plans to start things up again in the spring. How do you feel about this?

We felt we got these kids, they worked really hard, and they stayed with it, but they didn’t get the skills they needed to be proficient. We asked them why, and they said they needed more time. Literally, this is a truly joint decision; I’m totally behind it because I feel the objective must be to give students a great education.

How has online learning changed since you started Udacity?

We’ve evolved the MOOC concept into one that really helps people throughout the course to complete the course. The most recent completion rates in pilots we’ve been running have been 85 percent, as opposed to 5 percent or 4 percent, which is common in MOOC-land.

How'd they do it?  Read the whole thing.

MOOCs are going to change college-prep high schools.  And I'd guess college-prep charter high schools will be among the quicker adapters. 

Question is how fast. 

Speaking of which, Orin's Match MOOC, entitled Why The Knicks Will Regress This Year On The Hunt For Feedback: Self Directed Teacher Improvement, is here.  And don't miss cute photo of him and his kids.