I’m pleased to announce that the reports from the MOOC Research Initiative (MRI) are now available. In the spirit of useful science, each grantee was asked to provide a one sentence overview of their research findings.
I enjoyed working on this grant. The traditional method of exploring a knowledge domain takes years. With MOOCs, given their rapid development, this didn’t seem feasible. The approach that we took with MRI was small grants with a rapid review cycle, interim presentation of results through our MRI conference with other grantees in order to increase idea exchange, and short funding cycle. We have numerous papers that will be published in a special issue of IRRODL. Science should look more like this process, especially in fields where things are changing quickly, than the long multi-year cycle that we currently see.