MOOC Research Initiative announced

Athabasca University’s George Siemens is announcing the launch of the MOOC Research Hub, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.  From the announcement:

The dramatic increase in online education, particularly Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), presents researchers, academics, administrators, learners, and policy makers with a range of questions as to the effectiveness of this format of teaching and learning. To date, the impact of MOOCs and emerging forms of digital learning has been largely disseminated through press releases and university reports, with only limited peer-reviewed research publication. The proliferation of MOOCs in higher education requires a concerted and urgent research agenda.

The MOOC Research Initiative (MRI) will fill this research gap by evaluating MOOCs and how they impact teaching, learning, and education in general.

MRI is funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation as part of a set of investments intended to explore the potential of MOOCs to extend access to postsecondary credentials through more personalized, more affordable pathways. MRI is a $400,000 investment with grants in the range of $10,000 – $25,000 each. The MRI grant program is led and administered by Athabasca University with support from an advisory committee of experts in learning design and MOOCs. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation supports Athabasca University and interested academic institutions through research grants to examine the efficacy of early MOOC models for various learner audiences and in a wide variety of contexts.  Read more.

(via OLDaily)

2 thoughts on “MOOC Research Initiative announced

  1. Hopefully this will establish new metrics for online education to increase the credibility of MOOC initiatives and lend status to educational accomplishments done outside the brick and mortar universities. Education has become such a symbol of class structure in the global economy and validating this new format has the potential to empower the disenfranchised, in my opinion.


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