Great post by the Vanderbilt University Center for Teaching on outcomes from their first MOOCs.  Some of their high level conclusions:

  • Teaching online is a team effort.
  • There’s more to MOOCs than lecture videos.
  • Open content is our friend
  • The cognitive diversity seen in MOOCs is far greater than in closed courses
  • MOOC students are well-motivated students
  • Cognitive Diversity + Intrinsic Motivations = Crowdsourcing Success
  • MOOC students can be producers as well as consumers of information
  • Accommodating students on different time tables can be challenging
  • Instructor presence is important, even in a MOOC

But don’t miss the full post. (via OLDaily.)