Category: Discussions & Debates

Are MOOCs Just As Effective As Online College Courses?

While MOOC enrollment can sometimes reach over 100,000 students, academics are beginning to wonder about how effective they are in providing a quality education. How successful are MOOCs in helping students acquire, retain, and apply freshly-learned knowledge?

In a recent OpEd article on, Marian Stoltz-Loike, vice president of online education for Touro College, wonders if MOOCs can truly be considered “education” or if perhaps they would be better described as “a new form of entertainment.”

What Did Google Learn from Offering Online Courses?

Between July 2012 and June 2013, Google offered 5 online courses aimed at teaching internet skills to the internet community at large: Power Searching with Google (versions 1 and 2), Advanced Power Searching, Mapping with Google, and YouTube Creator Academy. The 5 courses were taught to a total of approximately 400,000 students around the world.

After the last course was over, Google published several observations on Google’s Research Blog.

Read on to find out some takeaways from Google’s experience with online courses.

What Do Students Expect from Schools?

Schools spend a lot of time discussing and defining what to expect from their students, but what do students expect from their schools? In order to keep students interested in their learning, it is imperative to think about what students want and what will keep them happy with their learning.

“Leaving To Learn,” a movement dedicated to lowering student dropout rates by keeping students engaged in their learning, has identified 10 components of the learning process that students expect from schools.