I enjoy reading about learning and psychology, so I keep seeing articles lamenting about how Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are a failure due to the paltry rates of completion.
It seems to me that measuring the success of these by the rate of completion is just one way of determining success.
I know I have completed some of them, I’ve grown tired of others, I just got too busy at times to complete some, and often, I just participate for however long to be able to learn what it is I expected/wanted to learn.
Now is that really a failure?
Countless people have probably bettered themselves with these tools! Plus, you can participate in them for FREE!
One of the suggestions I’ve seen to improve completion rates is to charge for the course. This may make it so more people buck up to the feeling of getting their money worth, but is it the right way to go?
I’ve been so excited to see these MOOCs grow. It’d be unfortunate to see them start to become limited offerings just due to the arbitrary selection of what mean success.
I challenge those who deal with the administration of these MOOCs to keep them free and open, and make the world a better place.