Face-to-face-meet-ups in New York will attract MOOCs students


People who participate in face-to-face-meet-ups complete their courses at significantly higher rates than the typical MOOC students.

In the Summer, the New York Public Library, following its public-serivce mission, and in partnership with Coursera, plans to organize at least half-dozen of free meet-ups in which students taking MOOCs can gather and discuss the courses with help from trained facilitators.

Coursera.com, the leading MOOC platform, plans to set up eight similar “learning hubs” in a number of locations.

In these sort of physical classrooms where students receive a more hands-on teaching approach, completion rates might surpass 30%, compared to 6.8% for all courses merely offered by Coursera.