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edX Evaluation Study

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Having demonstrated the reach of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), edX has recently partnered with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to explore the potential for edX to provide an augmented blended learning curriculum to students within a community college setting. 

During the Spring 2013 semester, two community colleges offered students an opportunity to participate in a blended implementation of the course 6.00x, Introduction to Computer Science and Programming.  This application of edX provides a rich and unique opportunity to examine the scalability and feasibility of the program in a community college setting serving low-income students.

Damian Bebell is leading an external program evaluation on the pilot implementation of the 6.00x course as it was conducted during the Spring 2013 semester at two community colleges.  The purpose of the evaluation is to help determine the scalability and feasibility of using MOOCs in a community college setting serving low-income students. 

Some of the early findings include:

  • The overall processs of using edX resources in the community college setting was successful.
  • Participating students valued the blended model.
  • Students achieved high completion rates and assessment scores.