Retention – Why MOOC providers can’t have it both ways

This is a repost from Philipp Schmidt’s sharingnicely blog  MOOC antagonists have long used the dismal completion numbers as a sign that MOOCs don’t work. MOOC providers have countered that retention is an outdated concept that shouldn’t be applied to online courses. Neither are right. Why we should not care about retention: Retention is a very… Continue Reading →

Better Learning Analytics: Lessons from EdX, Hack Education, Mozilla + P2PU

    Yesterday, Audrey Watters of Hack Education,  Andrew Sliwinski at Mozilla Foundation, Justin Reich of HarvardX and Berkman Center, Vanessa Gennarelli of P2PU came together to discuss the current obsession with the field of learning analytics.  Check out the conversation here as we cover: Whether learning analytics are a new field What sorts of data can be collected (engagement versus comprehension/recall) Difficulties in acquiring/sharing reliable… Continue Reading →

Join Us to Talk Learning Analytics With Audrey Watters, Justin Reich and Andrew Sliwinski: 8/19 at 12 pm EST

Big data, big problems.  We all want to help learners be successful. What “success” means and how we measure it means different things depending on your point of view. Additionally, issues of privacy and security haunt the conversation. Joinus to hear how we think about this emerging field. Join our crew:  Audrey Watters of Hack Education,  Andrew Sliwinski at Mozilla… Continue Reading →

How P2PU Became a Totally Open Org

  About six months ago we put out a search for a new Executive Director. Our ED Philipp Schmidt, took a position at the MIT Media Lab, which required transitioning from  a hands-on ED to a more advisory (although no less involved) role. In theory, Executive Directors oversee fundraising and set the agenda of the… Continue Reading →

How We’re Bridging Online/Offline Authentic Learning: Adam Bush of College Unbound

This blog post comes to you from Adam Bush, the freshest addition to the P2PU Crew. He’s the founding Director of Curriculum of College Unbound: a college degree program in Providence, RI working to contend with retention rates for first generation college students by equally incorporating voices outside of the academy in the teaching and evaluation of its… Continue Reading →

Badges @P2PU: An update and thoughts…

  A lot is happening in the badges space, and while it’s not clear what the next steps are for P2PU, we thought it would be good to share our thinking about these development. The Badge Alliance is a new organization that was spun out of Mozilla and is stewarding the badges ecosystem. Philipp is… Continue Reading →

How Do We Bridge the Digital and the Physical? Lessons from DIY.org, P2PU Khan and NYU Crew

Today we approached the second installment on questions of scale in our series “The Big Questions” with Nathan Maton, Community Strategist at the Khan Academy, Terry Heick, Director at TeachThought, Andrew Sliwinski, Senior Educational Technologist at Mozilla Foundation, and Alex Ruthmann, Associate Professor at NYU. Take a look as we tackle: – Context setting: is… Continue Reading →