Wednesday, 15 May 2013

Dan Ariely's reflections on Coursera (A Beginner's Guide to Irrational Behaviour)

Professor Dan Ariely from Duke University has been teaching A Beginner's Guide to Irrational Behaviour on Coursera for the past 7 weeks.

As the final exam is under way, he reflects on the experience so far:

In the video, Dan Ariely shares his motivation for putting the course online: both understanding online education from the inside and spreading knowledge of behavioural economics.

In parallel to teaching the MOOC, he also ran an experiment with his students at Duke University with the preliminary conclusion being that the best teaching method seems to be a mixture of online courses and face to face interaction (with the professor but also student to student).

Dan Ariely also shares the following approximate participation numbers:

- registrations: 140,000

- people who signed in the course at least once: 80,000
- people who watched at least one video: 67,000
- people who did at least one quizz: 33,000
- people who submitted the mandatory essay: 6,000

We've covered the issue of student retention before on this site so it will be interesting to know how many students have managed to obtain a certificate of completion (awarded in this case to students with a minimum of 85% across the quizzes and essay).

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