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: http://www.forbes.com/sites/gilpress/2014/01/21/a-year-in-mooc-results-of-the-first-17-edx-courses-released/ ]