Infographic: How Many Students Are Completing Free Online Courses?
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MOOCs Massive Open Online Courses (free online courses that are open to anyone) are more popular than Justin Bieber right now, but, as is to be expected from such a new medium, these online courses have their own share of issues. One puzzling problem is the low completion rates almost across the board. Is the lack of price causing low commitment among students? Are these courses not engaging enough? Are they too long?
MOOCs are too young to have enough real data to figure out this mystery completely. Thanks to education blogger Katy Jordan, however, enough data exists to show that it’s not about course length or number of students enrolled, as shown in our newest infographic: how many students are completing free online courses or MOOCs?
So what is causing students of free online courses to stop short of finishing? Only time will tell. Until then, MOOCs will remain an attractive educational opportunity that few actually take full advantage of.
My view: I have done two online courses using Moodle via FÁS in Ireland, Microsoft PowerPoint and Microsoft Word both of which have been certificated by Microsoft. Moodle offers a structure that you complete at your own pace, there are no lectures or teachers, however online mentoring is available. There was an exam at the end of the courses taken at an examination centre. . With MOOCs you can only get a certificate of completion. I have a love of learning and if I do not learn something new every single day I feel the day is wasted. It would be interesting to see the gender and age demographic to throw more light on this. Online courses are definitely the way forward and distance learning has been with us for some time.
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Below is a link to the US courses available.