Platform helps drive conversation among thousands of MOOC students

A Nebraska–based company is trying to address MOOC retention and interaction with an online platform originally built to help encourage engagement during town hall meetings.

As a fairly nascent method of learning, massive open online courses (MOOCs) are still working through a number of growing pains.

Arguably, two of the larger challenges that educators face when adopting MOOCs are fostering interaction between participants and improving the typically low retention rate, which is usually about 5 percent, according to a report by Educause.

A Nebraska–based company is trying to address both issues with an online platform originally built to help encourage engagement during town hall meetings. The platform, called MindMixer, was used during a recently-concluded Coursera MOOC.…Read More