Six findings from latest research on MOOCs learners

HarvardX and MITx: Two Years of Open Online Courses Fall 2012-Summer 2014” report is based on “one of the largest surveys of massive open online courses (MOOCs) to date: 68 courses, 1.7 million participants, 10 million participanthours, and 1.1 billion logged events.”
The research has six key findings:
    1. Growth is steady in overall and multiple-course participation in HarvardX and MITx
    2. Participation initially declines in repeated courses, then stabilizes
    3. Surveys suggest that a slight majority intends to certify. Many are teachers.
    4. Participation and certification differ by curricular area
    5. Course networks reveal the centrality of large CS courses and the potential of sequenced modules
    6. Certification rates are high among those who pay $25-$250 to “ID-verify” their certificates
The report identified opportunities along following three dimensions:
  1. Identify course-level and institutional priorities for increased access
  2. Increase and formalize the flow of pedagogical innovations to and from residential courses
  3. Focus research on target populations
Dr. Rahul Choudaha