What Helps Students Learn?


An “On the Issues” Post from the Campaign for the Future of Higher Education [http://futureofhighered.org]


The push for doing education on the cheap has led to a number of “innovations” nearly always touted as ways to “do more with less.” But the data on these experiments increasingly present a more complicated picture of their efficacy.

For instance, more and more research suggests that MOOCs, which stormed the higher education scene a couple of years ago, just don’t work well for most students.

One recent study of MOOCs, which found that students learned in a very “passive” way, adds to this assessment.

The researchers looked at the experience of 400 students enrolled in a high-level course for health professional offered by the Harvard Medical School and came to these conclusions:

Students started off with high hopes that they would gain new skills to do their jobs better and…

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