“coursera®’s Wildly Popular Massive Open Online Course “”learning How To Learn”””

Coursera®, The World’s Largest Online Education Network™, is leading a new curriculum initiative to better equip Western educators to meet the needs of their students. Coursera is launching the International Network of Advanced Learners (INALE), a co-created, innovative, scholarly, community-based educational tool with clear and deliberate strategies to inspire and elevate interest in and accountability for learning in every learning scenario.

Seventy students filed into Coursera this fall to embark on an enormous journey. It was one of the largest open online courses offered at any site.

With the current tech trends in the educational system, it’s no surprise that an online learning platform called Coursera–which has won in the Fastest Growing Education Company award several times – offered its massive open online course “learning How to Learn…??”.

“Learning How to Learn…?”

The course itself was offered at the brand new Coursera campus, and included a mix of upper-level students, grade-schoolers, high schoolers, and teachers who wanted to learn something new and awesome. Over 90% of learners who took the course have completed it–meaning they have now gone on to another course on the platform, meaning the single course has “wasted” all of its valuable resources.

It’s one thing to have students sign up for a single course and not finish it because they didn’t have the passion to complete it. But students who participate in a project team, program, or faculty course are at an even higher risk of not completing their full course.

In this case, Coursera admitted they set their expectations too high for their large and diverse student body. And these large student bodies make for great “fun” for everyone and usually make up about 50% of the total undergraduate enrollment at any site, so Coursera let the students down by realizing that they could never accomplish the project they needed to complete the course.

Like the famous Peter Drucker quote says: “education is what’s learned by doing.”

Education is a process that starts when you are a child, and ends when you are a grown-up.

Bryce Deblieux

Two thirds of all educators agree with this statement. They believe in the power of experience and change, and this includes teaching. At Coursera, we have always taken a more experimental approach to teaching, and we understand that to produce meaningful and impactful outcomes, it is not enough to isolate a few students.

Learning is a team sport.

We learned that you do not come up with a concept, or list of topics, alone. In one of our live sessions with advisors for the course, which launched in August, a large group of students “devoted” their time to clearing tasks such as reading and receiving feedback.

All of this attention in school was designed to help students “perform” at a certain level, and we took a similar approach. We wanted to give learners the opportunity to learn just as much as they could do, and with the help of their advisors to do more than just a “test-centric” testing process.

We are excited to see how our community responds to this instruction. We hope that education is more than just a list of subjects.

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