Online learning is becoming more like offline learning, with the well-funded education startup Coursera announcing today a program that will award certificates from leading universities to students who complete a selection of courses on a certain topic and a culminating project.
This is a bit more lightweight than a full college major, as Coursera’s initial “specializations” will require as few as three courses. However, some are more involved, like a nine-course Johns Hopkins certificate in analyzing data sets or an eight-course Commonwealth Education Trust certificate on effective teaching.
Lately, I've noticed that much of the discussion around massive open online courses (MOOCs) has focused almost exclusively on one point: Completion rates, or those students who achieve a certificate in a particular course. While this data point, borr...
Paying for the completion certificate increases completion rates from 50% to 60%. That is a 20% increase, Is there something fundamentally different about the learners? Do those that pay have an intent to use the certificate in a different way? Or. are they just more affluent?
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