MIT’s first MOOC, 6.002x Circuits & Electronics, had 154,000 people sign up. But how did these learners use the online course? Researchers analyzed the wealth of data these students generated to learn “who does what” in a MOOC. Here are their key findings:
Data collected in MOOCS provides insight into student behavior, from weekly e-textbook reading habits to context-dependent use of learning resources when solving problems.
In 6.002x, 76% of the participants were browsers who collectively accounted for only 8% of time spent in the course, whereas the 7% of certificate-earning participants averaged 100 hours each and collectively accounted for 60% of total time.
Students spent the most time per week interacting with lecture videos and homework, followed by discussion forums and online laboratories; however, interactions with the videos and lecture questions were distinctly bimodal, with half the certificate earners accessing less than half of these resources.