“A single MOOC can easily attract tens of thousands of registrants, but maybe half of those show up and interact even once,” Evans said. “That said, many thousands do complete the courses they sign up for. We wanted to find out what factors were indicators of persistence and engagement.”
The study examined a unique dataset of 44 MOOCs on the Coursera platform, comprised mostly of Stanford courses in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The researchers evaluated 2.1 million student observations across 2,900 lectures to unearth critical patterns of enrollment, engagement, persistence and completion.
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