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Monday, June 9, 2014

Stanford Analyzes Its Online Learning Effort

A study from Stanford University reported that 1.9 million people around the world have registered for at least one of its massive open online courses (MOOCs) and that four million hours of instruction have been delivered since 2012.

Stanford Online: 2013 in Review also found that 73% of the students for its OpenEdX courses were male and that most students came from the United States. In addition, 40% of the students spent between one and 20 minutes each week with the MOOC materials, while 32% spent more than an hour in study.

The Stanford Office of the Vice Provost for Online Learning (VPOL) has issued 66 grants to encourage experimentation and innovation by faculty. Among the initiatives is a project to create scalable virtual labs and a nine-week course on statistics in medicine that showed a much higher rate of active users when compared to other MOOCs, according to data from the course.

“Stanford’s vision is much broader than MOOCs,” John Mitchel, the Stanford vice provost who directs VPOL, told Campus Technology. “We’re thinking about how we will be educating students for generations to come.”

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