What 6.9 million clicks tell us about how to fix online education (MIT News)

A few months ago, we learned what online learners want from MOOC videos. Researchers at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) have followed up this research with a MOOC video platform called LectureScape, “a ‘YouTube for MOOCs’ that seeks to reinvent how online learners watch videos.” MIT News reports:

LectureScape uses data on viewing behavior — particularly the “interaction peaks” that correspond to points of interest or confusion — to present MOOC videos in a way that’s more intuitive, dynamic, and effective:

  • A timeline shows which parts other users have most frequently watched
  • An interactive transcript lets users enter keywords to find relevant segments
  • A mechanism automatically creates word clouds and summaries of individual sections, as well as the whole presentation
  • Content from popular slides automatically appears in the following slide, as users will likely want to refer back to that information

In summary, viewers can consume videos more efficiently, skipping specific sections or repeating trickier ones, without having to slog through the whole video. Continue reading on MIT News…

They’ve also posted a video which demonstrates how LectureScape works:

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