4) Boring lectures: Having to watch web-based lectures drove some students away from MOOCs. MOOCs would be better served if they relied more heavily on interactive forms of pedagogy,” Open Culture wrote.

5) Poor course design: Despite ample instructions on how to access course material and lectures, some students found it difficult to navigate a MOOC and engage its curriculum.

6) Lack of constructive interaction: There were some complaints about online discussion forums with MOOC teachers and fellow students that weren’t nearly as helpful as traditional in-class exchanges.

7) Trolls: Peer review of MOOC assignments were often marred by rude students who made exchanges of ideas almost impossible with no supervision from MOOC educators or teacher assistants.

8) Hidden costs: Students were surprised to learn that, despite MOOCs’ reputation as a free online educational resource, they were sometimes required to purchase pricey textbooks recommended by professors.

9) Course shopping: Students, in their perusing of available MOOC offerings, would sign up for many courses and decide later which options they’d engage, and which options they would drop.

10) Learning instead of earning: Students who sign up for a MOOC to enhance their knowledge of a subject might be unlikely to take the course’s final exam, meaning they’ve completed everything in a MOOC except for the final piece.


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