Working MOOCs

“Learning in an introductory physics MOOC”, an MIT paper…

“In summary, our MOOC produced significant and roughly equal learning for all of the cohorts differentiated along several axes”

So MOOCs work, at least for learning physics. Which is just as well. Since there are few other scalable ways to deliver advanced quality-assured and corruption-free education, for the brightest of the coming 2 billion people who are set to join the middle classes by 2030.

Conservation science not available to conservationists

“Most conservation science not available to conservationists” is a new Conservation blogazine article. It riffs on the recent academic paper “Achieving Open Access to Conservation Science” which examined how much…

scientific research published since the year 2000 in 20 conservation science journals is [now] publicly available

They asked how many of those papers had made their way into open repositories. Only 8.68%, it appears.

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