Measuring the MOOC Dropout Rate

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Some researchers say MOOC dropout figures being bandied about do little to describe why hundreds of thousands of people across the world are signing up for MOOCs in the first place. All but a few of the courses offered by MOOC providers are free and don’t earn students any college credit. There are also no enforced prerequisites as there are for normal college courses.

That’s why it may not make sense to compare the number who register to the number who finish. The widely cited numbers may be “largely missing the point,” said Andrew Ho, a Harvard University assistant professor of education who is involved in some MOOC-related research. He said researchers are trying to see what different kinds of people are signing up for the online classes and what their goals are. Some clearly do not intend to ace or even take every test, nor want to earn a largely meaningless certificate of completion.

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