The Truth About MOOCs: Only 10% Of Students Actually Finish Them
Reading Tamar Lewin’s article about online education companies in today’s New York Times, one fact leaped out at me:
” . . . less than 10 percent of MOOC [massive open online course] students finish the courses they sign up for on their own.”
What this tells me is that for all the hype about making education available for free on the web, we need to work a lot harder to create the psychological conditions that promote persistence, accountability, goal-directedness, responsiveness to instructors’ and classmates’ expectations, and whatever else it is that makes students keep going to class in the real world. (Actual course credit for MOOCs will accomplish some of this, but not all.)
What do you think will make online students actually complete their courses?