Social media interaction tools might make MOOCs stickier | EurekAlert! Science News
Developers of massive open online courses — or MOOCs — may want to take a page from Facebook to keep more students engaged and enrolled, according to researchers.
„In previous studies we found that the real challenge for MOOC developers and instructors is trying to keep students engaged and enrolled in the course,“ said Saijing Zheng, a former doctoral student at Penn State and currently a research scientist at Microsoft. „In this study, we are finding that social media tools may be one way to keep students engaged in a MOOC.“
She added that typically 90 percent of the thousands of MOOC students who enroll in a course leave it after only two weeks.