A Year In MOOC: Results Of The First 17 edX Courses Released

21 Jan
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By Gil Press

From the fall of 2012 to the summer of 2013, HarvardX and MITx launched 17 courses on edX, a jointly founded platform for delivering online courses. Participation statistics and tentative conclusions from these courses were released today in a series of reports. Here are the highlights:

Two-thirds of registrants only deep their toes: There were 841,687 registrations from 597,692 unique users in the 17 courses offered in the first year of HarvardX and MITx courses. About 35% of registrants never engaged with the online content and a little over 5% (43,196) earned certificates of completion. The rest accessed varying amounts of course contents.

Try to hang in there for the first 2 weeks: Most registrants leave within a week or two of their entering the course, but remaining registrants are far less likely to leave in subsequent weeks. On average, about 50% of registrants quit in the first week of the course and 16% do so in the second week.

Not only for young males with a bachelor’s degree: 29% of registrants were female; 33% had a high school education or lower; 6.3% were 50 or older and 2.7% had IP or mailing addresses from countries on the United Nations list of Least Developed Countries.

[ Full article available at Forbes: ]

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