Massive online classrooms bring together students from around the world in one connected classroom. Is it possible to teach the millions of students in an online class as well as the students in a traditional, physical classroom? Is it possible to teach them better?
I believe this is possible, and that the key to this answer lies in the network of peers in these courses. Students in online classrooms, with their unparalleled diversity and geographical spread, may well comprise the greatest collection of peers imaginable. To harness this potential for peer learning, I design and study new kinds of peer interactions in Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). I build systems provide students better feedback and critique on their work, motivate them in class, and help teachers teach better.
To date, thousands of students have used our research systems. Talkabout connects students in massive classes through scaffolded live video discussions. PeerStudio provides them qualitative feedback on open-ended work.
- Apr 7 2014 Ed Hutchins is presenting on his experiences using our project PeerStudio at the Wa seminar at UC San Diego.
- Apr 15 2014 I'm presenting at the BiD seminar at UC Berkeley.
- Apr 26 to May 2, 2014 Visiting CHI 2014.
- May 30 2014 Julia Cambre and I are presenting Talkabout at the ID SIG seminar at Stanford.
- Mar 4-5 2014 Paper Scaling Short-answer Grading By Combining Peer Assessment With Algorithmic Scoring at Learning at Scale 2014 in Atlanta, GA.