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Closing global achievement gaps in MOOCs

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Science  20 Jan 2017:
Vol. 355, Issue 6322, pp. 251-252
DOI: 10.1126/science.aag2063

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  • RE: Closing Global Achievement Gaps in MOOCS

    “While MOOCs produce armies of learners, it is unclear if they are going to inspire the next generation of scientific discovery. The effect of growing proliferation of MOOCs on creating knowledge is not yet known, nor has it been studied systematically (1). “
    Some of the readers of Science are professors, as I am. It was individual professors who turned me on to research science through brilliant and inspiring presentations.We need to be sure that all approaches to quality education, such as MOOCs, not forget the issue of inspiring students.

    Steven B. Oppenheimer, Ph.D.,
    U.S. Presidential Award Winner,
    Fellow AAAS,
    Professor Emeritus of Biology,
    California State University, Northridge,
    18111 Nordhoff St,
    Northridge, CA 91330-8303,
    818 677-3336

    (1) Svetlana Dotsenko, MOOCs: Can They Produce the Next Einstein? The Huffington Post, Oct 16, 2013.

    Competing Interests: None declared.

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