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Abstract Title: Apples and Oranges: Comparing a MOOC with a Standard Class
Abstract: In the Fall of 2013, we taught Physics 1 (Calc-based Mechanics) to 800 tuition-paying freshmen at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Almost simultaneously, we taught a MOOC version of the course, through Coursera, to an initial audience of 15,000 students from around the world. We made the two versions of the course as similar as possible. The MOOC students saw the same lectures, with the same Concept Tests, received the same homework assignments, and took the same exams with same time constraints, as the students in the brick-and-mortar course. The physics background knowledge FMCE pre-test scores of the two groups were remarkably similar, but less than 2% of those enrolled in the MOOC had the grit to complete the course. Those gritty 2% performed almost as well as our CU freshmen students with matching pretest scores.
Abstract Type: Plenary

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Michael Dubson
University of Colorado at Boulder
UCB 390
Boulder, CO 80309-0390
Phone: 303-817-1780

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