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Apples vs. Oranges: Comparison of Student Performance in a MOOC vs. a Brick-and-Mortar Course
written by Michael Dubson, Ed Johnsen, David Lieberman, Jack Olsen, and Noah D. Finkelstein
In the fall of 2013, we taught the calculus-based introductory physics course at the University of Colorado at Boulder and, at the same time we taught a MOOC version of the same course, through Coursera. Students in both courses received identical lectures, homework assignments, and timed exams. We present data on participation rates and exam performance for the two groups. We find that the MOOC is like a drug targeted at a very specific population. When it works, it works well, but it works for very few. This MOOC worked well for older, well-educated students, who already have a good understanding of Newtonian mechanics.
Physics Education Research Conference 2014
Part of the PER Conference Plenary Paper series
Minneapolis, MN: July 30-31, 2014
Pages 9-12
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M. Dubson, E. Johnsen, D. Lieberman, J. Olsen, and N. Finkelstein, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2014, Minneapolis, MN, 2014, WWW Document, (https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13512&DocID=4107).
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M. Dubson, E. Johnsen, D. Lieberman, J. Olsen, and N. Finkelstein, Apples vs. Oranges: Comparison of Student Performance in a MOOC vs. a Brick-and-Mortar Course, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2014, Minneapolis, MN, 2014, <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13512&DocID=4107>.
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Dubson, M., Johnsen, E., Lieberman, D., Olsen, J., & Finkelstein, N. (2014, July 30-31). Apples vs. Oranges: Comparison of Student Performance in a MOOC vs. a Brick-and-Mortar Course. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2014, Minneapolis, MN. Retrieved September 22, 2019, from https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13512&DocID=4107
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Dubson, M, E. Johnsen, D. Lieberman, J. Olsen, and N. Finkelstein. "Apples vs. Oranges: Comparison of Student Performance in a MOOC vs. a Brick-and-Mortar Course." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2014, Minneapolis, MN, July 30-31, 2014. https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13512&DocID=4107 (accessed 22 September 2019).
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Dubson, Michael, Ed Johnsen, David Lieberman, Jack Olsen, and Noah Finkelstein. "Apples vs. Oranges: Comparison of Student Performance in a MOOC vs. a Brick-and-Mortar Course." Physics Education Research Conference 2014. Minneapolis, MN: 2014. 9-12 of PER Conference Plenary Paper. 22 Sep. 2019 <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13512&DocID=4107>.
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