University of Wisconsin at Madison to Try Modular MOOCs

For its second round of massive open online courses, the University of Wisconsin at Madison is taking at shorter and sweeter approach. This time around, the school will offer courses that are shorter, cover fewer topics, and target Wisconsinites. The concept is known as modularity—or picking “the greatest hits” of a topic—and aims to remedy the notorious low completion rates of MOOCs.

UW-Madison also hopes the Wisconsin-centric modules will boost completion rates—especially among state residents. While MOOC signups may drop due to the local spin on the material, that’s okay for  Joshua Morrill, a senior evaluator at UW-Madison.

“The work that we’re doing is to benefit to the state, to contribute to better life, create jobs — just get greater overall value to the state,” Morrill said.

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Yvonne Chan

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