Journal Article
Reading Scientific Articles in Hybrid Courses: How does it Affect Students' Scientific Literacy?
Judith Dori, Hagit Yarden, Amira Allouche, Orit Herscovitz, Yaron Blinder, Shulamit Levenberg
Our study investigates the effect of hybrid courses and reading articles on the   scientific literacy of biomedical engineering students. About 100 advanced undergraduate and graduate students participated in one or two of the courses titled From Cell to Tissue and Tissue Engineering. The courses required active participation in the face-to-face lectures, as well as weekly participation in...

Journal Article
Learning about social learning in MOOCs: From statistical analysis to generative model
Christopher G. Brinton, Mung Chiang, Shaili Jain, Henry Lam, Zhenming Liu, Felix Ming Fai Wong
The authors study user behavior in the courses offered by a major Massive Online Open Course (MOOC) provider during the summer of 2013. Since social learning is a key element of scalable education in MOOCs and is done via online discussion forums, their main focus is in understanding forum activities. Two salient features of MOOC forum activities drive their research: 1. High decline rate: for...

Classifying K-12 Blended Learning
Heather Staker, Michael B. Horn
As blended learning continues to expand across the K–12 sector, definitions are important to help people talk about the new phenomenon. This white paper refines the authors' previous work in helping to create a shared language for the emerging field so that innovators can build upon each other’s ideas, rather than talk past each other.

Disrupting College: How Disruptive Innovation Can Deliver Quality and Affordability to Postsecondary Education
Clayton M. Christensen, Michael B. Horn, Louis Caldera, Louis Soares
America is in crisis. Employers say paradoxically they cannot find the right people to fill jobs even though the country is facing its highest unemployment rates in a generation. Competition with a rising China and India and their vast populations lend urgency to the need for the country as a whole to do a better job of educating its citizens.

New Technology-Based Models for Postsecondary Learning: Conceptual Frameworks and Research Agendas
Working Group on Postsecondary Learning
Report of a National Science Foundation-sponsored Computing Research Association workshop held at MIT on January 9-11, 2013.

Connected Learning: An Agenda for Research and Design
Mizuko Ito, Kris Gutiérrez, Sonia Livingstone, Bill Penuel, Jean Rhodes, Katie Salen, Juliet Schor, Julian Sefton-Green, S. Craig Watkins
This report is a synthesis of ongoing research, design, and implementation of an approach to education called “connected learning.” It advocates for broadened access to learning that is socially embedded, interest-driven, and oriented toward educational, economic, or political opportunity. Connected learning is realized when a young person is able to pursue a personal interest or passion with the...