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User Rank: Apprentice
8/23/2013 | 9:19:38 AM
re: MOOC Students Attracted Most By Course Topics
User Rank: Apprentice
8/5/2013 | 4:09:00 PM
re: MOOC Students Attracted Most By Course Topics
Is there a link to a more detailed analysis of the data? There seems to be some conflicting info. For example, "polled 1,834 people from the Canvas Network
registration database, including 696 who had just enrolled and 1,138 who
had completed MOOC courses." Then a bit later, "About 10% who didn't complete noted lack of incentive as the main reason." Which of the "who had just enrolled" and "who had completed" respondents included students who "didn't complete?"

Another example is "The study also found that only 60% of incoming
students planned to participate in MOOC discussion forums, but 72% of
those who completed the course wound up engaging in online discussions." On the surface, this sounds like a greater number participated in the forums than originally thought they would, but upon closer reading, I note that the 72% was only from those who completed the course. We don't know (from the article) how many of the original 60% participated in the forums.

A different article ( noted that "42 percent of participants are educators," but this article says "72% of those who enrolled were themselves professional educators." That's a big difference. The other article also had this statement: "Two-thirds of participants earn[] less that $50,000 annually." It would be interesting to see if the educators and those making less than $50K annually overlap significantly. Sigh.

If there's a link to a more detailed report, I'd love to know about it. And thanks for the article!
User Rank: Apprentice
8/2/2013 | 3:37:21 PM
re: MOOC Students Attracted Most By Course Topics
That was a good insight. Here in India also, we did a same kind of survey and found that 90% of the students don't feel motivated or able to stay connected when learning online.The platforms needs to be more matured to engage the learner. But the biggest point is that unless offered MOOC learning programs are not connected with the credits they get in there colleges or universities, current model is difficult to work.

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