Do deadlines improve MOOCs?

I read a good blog by Matt Walton the other day – FutureLearn, MOOCs and digital disruption to higher education

It’s a really interesting look into some of the thoughts behind MOOC development and provision.

There are several parts I found particularly interesting. One being where Matt stated:

“The innovation in user experience of a MOOC is that they create an event and introduce scarcity and a sense of jeopardy into an on demand world.”

The idea being that a deadline, and the pressure that brings, will motivate people to push on with the course, and that educational resources without deadlines can go unused.

It’s an interesting thought and one that I can see being true for some people. But I’m not certain what proportion of potential MOOC users that would be.

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