Students Issue Report Card on MOOCs (SAPVoice)

Susan Galer, SAP

Debates on the pros and cons of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) often overlook how these online sessions fundamentally change the dynamic of learning. I’ve been writing about the emergence of MOOCs in businesses like SAPas a flexible, fast option to teach developers about the latest technologies. While online surveys have yielded a significant amount of student feedback, I decided it was time to hear first-hand from some developers who have participated in recent SAP MOOCs, including Introduction Software Development on SAP HANAand Introduction to Mobile Software Development for the Enterprise.

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As for the future, the students I spoke with had a number of suggestions to make the SAP MOOCs even more valuable:

  • downloadable podcasts of video content from courses

  • easily searchable course discussion forums categorized by topic

  • flexibility to earn a percentage of award points when exams aren’t completed on time—this would motivate participants who unavoidably miss sessions

  • more detailed pre-requisites and preparation materials

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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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