Learn­ing meth­ods on par

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MAS­SIVE open on­line cour­ses (MOOC) are no less ef­fec­tive as a learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence than faceto-face train­ing pro­grams, a new re­port finds.

‘‘ To those that have the choice of ei­ther at­tend­ing uni­ver­si­ties or un­der­tak­ing a se­ries of MOOCs that could one day rep­re­sent a de­gree equiv­a­lence, the ev­i­dence sug­gests that their ex­pe­ri­ence will not nec­es­sar­ily be any less rich in ei­ther case,’’ the Univer­sity of Western Aus­tralia re­port, re­leased last month, re­veals.

‘‘ In­deed, in some as­pects, they may ac­tu­ally im­prove learn­ing out­comes.’’

MOOCs in­clude on­line lec­tures, for­ma­tive quizzes, au­to­mated as­sess­ment and peer and self-as­sess­ment and on­line fo­rums and in­creas­ingly are be­ing used by busi­nesses to train staff.

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