Steve Kolowich reports in the Chronicle of Higher Education on initial findings from the MOOC Research Initiative. Among the findings:

  1. If you are isolated, poor, and enamored of the prestigious university offering the MOOC you’re taking, you are less likely to complete it.
  2. Coaching students to have a healthier mindset about learning may not help in a MOOC.
  3. Paired with the right incentives, MOOCs can help prepare at-risk students for college-level work.
  4. Discussion forums in MOOCs are healthy places for the few students who use them.
  5. We still do not know if doing well in MOOCs will help underprivileged learners become upwardly mobile. 

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