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Saturday, June 08, 2019

Moving From 5% to 85% Completion Rates for Online Courses | Digital Learning in Higher Ed - EdSurge

Amy Ahearn, Associate Director at Acumen summarizes, MOOCs, shorthand for massive open online courses, have been widely critiqued for their miniscule completion rates. 

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Industry reports and instructional designers alike typically report that only between 5 to 15 percent of students who start free open online courses end up earning a certificate.

This does not necessarily make MOOCs a failure. However, since 2012—when MOOCs gained widespread recognition—instructional designers have made significant strides in designing scalable learning experiences that people successfully finish.

Often these happen in smaller courses, designed with a more intimate learning experience in mind, and sometimes with fees and stricter admissions and registration standards. Today, 2U reports completion rates of up to 88 percent for their online degree programs. Harvard Business School’s online programs claim similar success, with completion rates of 85 percent.

At Acumen, where I design online courses, we’ve also been offering selective cohort-based programs for the past year that achieve completion rates of 85 percent. That’s a far cry from five years ago, when only 5 percent of the students were finishing the MOOCs I was designing...

Here are seven practices for moving completion rates for online courses from 5 to 85 percent:

Source: EdSurge