TC's Fiona Hollands in The Guardian: Students Can Do Well in Virtual Classrooms
Hollands (PhD '03) is the associate director and senior researcher at the College's Center for Benefit-Cost Studies of Education who has studied Massively Open Online Courses, or MOOCs. She and Devayani Tirthali (Ed.D. ’13, Ed.M. ’12) published a study last May, “MOOCs: Expectations and Reality,” which found that, while MOOCs are extending institutional reach and access to education, they are mostly reaching people who are already well-educated and employed. However, to date, “most MOOC participants are already well-educated and employed.” Consequently, they write, “the evidence suggests that MOOCs currently are falling far short of ‘democratizing’ education and may, for now, be doing more to increase gaps in access to education than to diminish them.”
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Published Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015