A new report from Stanford University examining the use of online technologies and methods for delivering education says that 1.9 million people around the world have registered for one or more of the public courses taught by the California university’s faculty. According to “Stanford Online: 2013 in Review,” since fall 2012 four million hours of instruction have been delivered. That delivery of massive open online courses (MOOCs) takes place on three platforms: Coursera, NovoEd and Stanford OpenEdX.
Stanford has found that instructional content that’s modular would better fit with the time participants spend interacting with their MOOCs. Four in 10 students spend between one and 20 minutes each week with the material, 32 percent have sessions that exceed an hour, and 29 percent engage in sessions between 20 minutes and an hour.
The major geographic markets for freebie classes? Students in the United States led by a landslide, followed by participants in India, United Kingdom, Canada and China. Within the country, California enrollments set the pace, followed by New York, Texas, Washington and Illinois. Stanford has found that the bulk of its OpenEdX students (73 percent) are male.
In initiatives supported by the Office of the Vice Provost for Online Learning (VPOL), online instruction takes three forms at Stanford: as MOOCs, of course, but also as flipped or blended classes and as course components in standard and continuing education fare.
To encourage experimentation and innovation among faculty, VPOL has issued 66 grants to support design and development of online and blended tools and courses. As the report stated, “The goals of these grants are to challenge the understanding of what’s possible in online learning and leverage emerging technologies and teaching strategies to promote deep learning experiences for learners at Stanford and beyond.”
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