What Professors Can Learn From ‘Hard Core’ MOOC Students (The Chronicle)

By Jeffrey R. Young

May 20, 2013

“If people who sit at their computers for tens of hours each week zapping virtual monsters are hard-core gamers, then massive open online courses have led to a similarly obsessed breed of online student: the hard-core learner.”

“”There’s one thing that makes a great course—it’s passion,” says Mr. Lepin. It is a sentiment that most everyone I spoke with seems to share.”

“Passion matters most. Not all the professors are great on camera, according to the students. But even those whose performances are occasionally cringeworthy end up winning students’ hearts if the professors are clearly excited about the subject matter.”

Some helpful testimonials are included (though from mostly older students).

About Ryan C. Fowler

Ryan is a curricular fellow at the Center for Hellenic Studies in Washington D.C. He also teaches at Franklin and Marshall College and Lancaster Theological Seminary.
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