“It is a nightmare just how hard it is to teach these classes,” said Thomas Robisheaux, chair of Duke’s panel of educators who in April voted against the university’s adoption of MOOC-like courses offered for credit. The vote was seen as a blow to the MOOC movement.

Robisheaux said preparing a MOOC took about 20 times longer than prepping for a traditional in-person class, according to a report in The Duke Chronicle.

Orin Starn, professor and chair of Duke’s cultural anthropology department, agreed the teaching a MOOC was far more difficult to teach than classroom-based courses.

“The whole experience was really time consuming, and really too much for me,” he said.

Some Duke educators who participated in the online learning forum said that without any student feedback, preparing and optimizing MOOC content proved much more challenging than traditional classes.


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