By now, as we continue to meet the challenges of the COVID pandemic, just about every teacher across the globe has had at least some experience with delivering their classes online ...
And, at this point it, has become a platitude to suggest that online education pales in comparison to a live classroom environment.
Well, as you probably know, this fact has long been know in the world of MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses).
Once touted as a model that would transform education on a worldwide scale, MOOCs have largely failed to deliver on the hype (abysmal completion rates; low re-enrollment rates; unequal access across socioeconomic tiers; etc.).
Much like with Crystal Pepsi and Google Glass, the promise of MOOCs and online learning has vastly outpaced the reality.
But is there anything we can do to predictably close the gap between live and digital learning environments?
In my latest 'From Theory to Practice' video, I examine a new piece of research that digs deeper into this topic ...
And I use it to draw a bigger conclusion about applying educational research in the classroom:
Scaling Up Behavioral Science Interventions in Online Education (Kizilcec, Reich, et al | Dec 2003)
Here are some of the questions I answer in this installment: