As they grow in interest, the courses, better known as MOOCs, offer educational, promotional and even social benefits to schools and their students.
This analysis is based upon enrolment and completion data collected for a total of 221 Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). It extends previously reported work (Jordan, 2014) with an expanded dataset; the original work is extended to include a multiple regression analysis of factors that affect completion rates and analysis of attrition rates during courses. Completion rates (defined as the percentage of enrolled students who completed the course) vary from 0.7% to 52.1%, with a median value of 12.6%. Since their inception, enrolments on MOOCs have fallen while completion rates have increased. Completion rates vary significantly according to course length (longer courses having lower completion rates), start date (more recent courses having higher percentage completion) and assessment type (courses using auto grading only having higher completion rates). For a sub-sample of courses where rates of active use and assessment submission across the course are available, the first and second weeks appear to be critical in achieving student engagement, after which the proportion of active students and those submitting assessments levels out, with less than 3% difference between them
The national US student loan debt currently stands at around 1.2 trillion dollars and the cost of a college degree continues to rise. Online learning may be a way to keep down those costs. 36% of Americans have embarked on an online learning course, the number driven primarily by millennials …
Laurie Pickard’s gamble to earn an MBA entirely out of MOOCs is paying off — and not just because she saved six figures by forgoing a traditional degree.As the blogger behind The No-Pay MBA, which chronicles her journey and B-school curriculum, Pickard has become a household name in the MOOC world, as contributor Lauren Everitt reports in Poets&Quants. We first profiled Pickard back in January 2014. Since then, the Kigali, Rwanda-based development worker for USAID has rated MOOCs for this websit