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From MOOCs to SPOCs, or Small Private On-line Course: a successful learning experiment

Why not restructure the content of a MOOC into a flipped classroom Small Private On-line Course (or SPOC)?

This is what a professor of the University of Massachusetts has done –and “so far, the results have been extremely positive,” he says.

“Students are using the online materials, participating actively in the class and their exam scores are significantly higher than when the course was taught in conventional lecture format.”

He chronicles the process and findings from his blended learning experiment here.

The difference between a “MOOC unit” (one week) an a “SPOC unit” (one day) is shown in the figure below:

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