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Duke’s MOOC Big Data

Duke’s MOOC Big Data

As you may have seen in Inside Higher Ed, Duke has released a report summarizing data on course registration, participation and completion in its first Coursera MOOC, Bioelectricity: A Quantitative Approach. 

Some (quoted) highlights from the report:
  • Over 12,000 students enrolled, representing more than 100 countries. Approximately 8,000 of these students logged in during the first week.
  • At the time of enrollment, one-third of enrolled students held less than a four year degree, one third held a Bachelors or equivalent, and one-third held an advanced degree.
  • The number of students actively participating plateaued at around 1000 per week. 
  • 25% of students who took both Week 1 quizzes successfully completed the course, including 313 students from at least 37 countries. Course completers typically held a Bachelor’s degree or higher; however, at least 10 pre-college students were among those who successfully completed this challenging upper level undergraduate course. 
  • Most students reported a positive learning experience and rated the course highly, including ones who did not complete all requirements
The report covers not just quantitative data, but qualitative, highlighting what students said about their learning outcomes, barriers to completion, and motivations for taking the class. 
In Surprise Endings this week, Cathy’s students discussed the Inside Higher Ed story in relation to the MOOC that they are developing this semester – what do the completion rates of MOOCs really mean, and are they more significant than the actual number of students who complete a course? How can course planners drive course registration, and how do they keep students interested week after week? 
It will be interesting to see how data such as these impact the pedagogical strategy of MOOCs moving forward. 

1 comment

Registration means one click.

If Duke had charged only $ 10 for the course registration would be only 500 . And at the end finishers would be 300. That simple .

Marketer love to exaguarate numbers .