In May, the project team announced that completion rates in the Open2Study courses were exceeding 25%, almost four times higher than the industry average with research suggesting average MOOCs completion rates were generally below 7%.
“The major challenge for MOOCs and free online education is that despite attracting mass volumes of students, most people fail to complete the course and therefore do not achieve the learning objectives,” said OUA Chief Executive Paul Wappett.
“With one in four Open2Study students completing their subjects, we are proud to see that we are really engaging our students.”
Wappett said he believed OUA “understood the online student” and that the results proved Open2Study was delivering an outstanding experience compared to other free online education platforms.
“There are several reasons why Open2Study is different from its competitors and we attribute our early success to the academic quality of our subjects, high production values and, most importantly, our learning, teaching and assessment model which is designed with the online student in mind.”