Not Staying the Course

10 May

By Chris Parr for Times Higher Education

The average completion rate for massive open online courses is less than 7 percent, according to data compiled by an Open University doctoral student as part of her own MOOC studies.

Katy Jordan, whose Ph.D. research focuses on online academic social networks, took time out from her doctorate to gather information on the number of people completing a range of free web-based courses. So far, she has tracked down information on the percentage of students completing 29 MOOCs.

“It’s something I’ve been doing as a hobby,” Jordan explained. “I started taking MOOCs as a student in around March last year, and I’ve been a bit hooked ever since.”

Her latest MOOC — Introduction to Infographics and Data Visualization, run by the University of Texas at Austin — challenged students to produce a visual representation of some datasets, which is where she got the idea to look into MOOC completion.

According to her findings, which are based on local news articles, university documents, presentations and other information sources (including Times Higher Education), the average MOOC completion rate across the 29 courses was just 6.8 percent.

[ Full article available at Inside Higher Ed: ]

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Posted by on May 10, 2013 in MOOCs in the News



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