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What Future for MOOCs?

By Lori Breslow, Director, TLL

The World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) held its annual meeting in Doha at the end of October (  WISE, founded by the Qatar Foundation in 2009, brought together 1,200 educators from 100 countries to focus on innovation both at the policy level and in the classroom.

As part of this year’s summit, I was asked to write a short commentary on the future ofMOOCs. (Although, in all honesty, I don’t think I know more than anyone else on how MOOCs will evolve.)  The conference organizers asked me to focus on the results of our research using the data generated by edX’s first MOOC, “Circuits and Electronics” (6.002x), and to speculate on what those findings might mean for teaching and learning.  As I reviewed our study, two thoughts came to mind.