What on-campus students may be able to learn from MOOC students

Posted on January 2nd, 2014

Gregor Kiczales, a computer science professor at UBC who teaches the Introduction to Systematic Program Design MOOC, discusses his experience with incorporating MOOC materials back into his UBC course in order to try to improve the on-campus course. Dr. Kiczales ran his on-campus course and MOOC in parallel and suggests that on-campus students may benefit from having more interaction with the open MOOC students. “Students learn as much from each other as from the lecturer. But that’s difficult to achieve in areas where the on-campus students, as a group, don’t have some of the experiences that supports the learning. For topics like that bringing a large group of more experienced learners part way into the classroom could provide a huge benefit to on-campus students.”