Research on massive, open online courses taught by University of Pennsylvania faculty show low completion rates, particularly in classes with stronger academic expectations.
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December 06, 2013
December 06, 2013
Rates of student completions of "MOOCs" offered through the University of Pennsylvania and Coursera ranged from 2 percent to 14 percent, research shows.
September 30, 2013
A series of articles in The Atlantic debates the usefulness of homework for students from the perspectives of teacher, student, and parent.
May 14, 2013
"I won't threaten you, but I expect much of you." How many of our students and our teachers confidently feel that this expresses the culture of their schools? I only wish that all education, at every level, really were characterized by unanxious expectations--high expectations requiring vigorous and appropriately rigorous engagement accompanied by respect, compassion, and humanity.
May 07, 2013
In a Slate article, Annie Murphy Paul describes the growing concern, backed by new research, that students retain less when they engage in media multitasking during learning.
March 15, 2013
In an effort to give students an edge on high stakes, teachers are assigning test prep for homework which sends a really bad message.
December 28, 2012
Homework assignments that require family help can get parents more involved in middle school, a time many parents disengage, a new study finds.
December 13, 2012
Schools can get better only if we first agree on what they should do.
November 20, 2012
In a SmartBlog post, middle school teacher Mark Barnes argues that homework is at odds with the goals of effective instruction today: This practice of assigning homework, simply because it'[s] something that's always been done, is not only absurd and outdated, it is undermining effective 21st-cen...
September 04, 2012
A new research study out of the University of California, Los Angeles, reports the "somewhat surprising" finding that spending extra time studying tends to negatively affect high school students' academic performance in school the next day. But there's also a perfectly logical explanation for this: When students study more, the researchers found, they tend to sleep less.