19 Nov '12, 2pm

Hybrid Online-Classroom Education: How’s It Working?

So, the Coursera mechanism as I use it involves occasional interruptions of the lectures, where you ask students, “Did you understand this? Do you want to continue?”—things that are within the lectures themselves. Then, in addition to that, it involves two quizzes every week, and my class, we have a conceptual quiz that involves multiple-choice problems and has to do with the ideas, and then we have questions that have to be answered with numbers and equations in the fashion that is normal for engineering courses. So it has a multifaceted sort of structure. The part that is really different is that in the online course you can do the questions multiple times, so doing it multiple times, on the one hand, makes it easier to make a higher score in the end. On the other hand, you have to keep coming back and back and back, perhaps maybe three or four times, in order to get to ...

Full article: http://spectrum.ieee.org/podcast/at-work/education/hybrid...

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