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by León De la Rosa Carrillo

Can thoughts on Online Collaborative Learning serve the ideas behind MemEducation?

Computing Education Blog

When the report “Researching Online Education” (quoted and linked below) was released, a couple people contacted me.  “Tell them what’s really going on in collaborative learning!  Tell them what we really know from research!”  I looked at their report and concluded that the work I’ve done and am most familiar with doesn’t really have much to do with what they’re exploring.  I don’t know much about business models in on-line collaborative learning.  I do think that some of the work that I did 10-20 years ago in computer-supported collaborative learning (CSCL) is relevant for today’s MOOCs and other on-line learning experiments.

The work led us to a few hypotheses: (1) We’re skeptical a business model that charges for content will work at scale and in the long run. (2) We expect education platforms that offer vertical content and/or specific education experiences will be more successful than horizontal platforms, though we…

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