Update to post on use of MOOC material at San Jose Statehttp://bit.ly/187pbmy
The Chronicle of Higher Education has an article on the spring 2013 EdX trial (http://bit.ly/MphwLo
) at San Jose State.
In the fall of 2012, students in two traditional sections of an introductory electrical-engineering course earned passing grades at rates of 57 percent and 74 percent, respectively. In an experimental third section, which was “flipped” to incorporate the MIT videos, the pass rate was 95 percent, but they did not adhere strictly to the MIT material.
In the spring of 2013 they also ran three sections, one of which used edX content. In the traditional sections, students passed at rates of 79 percent and 82 percent. In the experimental section, the pass rate was 87 percent.
The spring experimental section followed the MIT curriculum than did the fall 2012 section -- they covered more material.
The professor, Khosrow Ghadiri, the pass rates of the spring-2013 trial should not be compared with those of the fall-2012 trial because the students learned different material and took different examinations. In the fall, he used the MIT content to help teach his own syllabus. In the spring, he adopted the MIT professor’s content and learning objectives.