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San Jose State U. Suspends Udacity MOOC Project
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David F. Carr
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David F. Carr,
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7/22/2013 | 10:02:33 PM
re: San Jose State U. Suspends Udacity MOOC Project
I found the answer by accident while trying out the Udacity statistics course, which happens to be one of the ones they did in partnership with San Jose state. At the end of the first lecture, they explain where to find the schedule in the course wiki, only for San Jose state students. So it is spelled out for them. What they don't seem to have is as much automation around things like email reminders - Coursera is better at reminding you that a new week's worse of lessons have been posted because they have more weekly schedule structure built into their online course format. With Udacity, it seems to be more the exception to the rule.
David F. Carr
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David F. Carr,
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7/19/2013 | 2:08:04 PM
re: San Jose State U. Suspends Udacity MOOC Project
I should check, but I believe in this case they did impose more structure, using the Udacity platform but tailoring it to their needs. It certainly could be the case that the Udacity software was not as geared toward enforcing deadlines and that hurt them.
Thomas Claburn
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Thomas Claburn,
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7/18/2013 | 11:30:35 PM
re: San Jose State U. Suspends Udacity MOOC Project
I wonder whether Udacity's work-at-your-own-pace framework had anything to do with students underperforming. Personally, I prefer it, but having also taken a Coursera course that imposed specific weekly deadlines for assignments, I can imagine the absence of deadlines might fail to motivate students sufficiently. Did Udacity's partnership with San Jose State University require students to meet regular deadlines?
David F. Carr
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David F. Carr,
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7/18/2013 | 4:11:48 PM
re: San Jose State U. Suspends Udacity MOOC Project
Udacity just sent over this statement:

GǣWhile the pilot gave many students the opportunity
they would not have otherwise had to earn college credit and move closer to
their academic goals, we will be pausing enrollment in SJSU+ until the spring
in order to work with SJSU on improving the student experience,Gǥ the company
said in a statement. GǣIn the meantime, SJSU MOOC courses will continue to
remain available and we encourage students to avail themselves of this learning
opportunity offered by SJSU.Gǥ


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