September 22, 2021

Article: “HarvardX and MITx: Four Years of Open Online Courses — Fall 2012-Summer 2016”

Title

HarvardX and MITx: Four Years of Open Online Courses — Fall 2012-Summer 2016

Authors

Isaac Chuang
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Andrew Dean Ho
Harvard University

Source

via SSRN

Abstract

In 2014 and 2015, a joint research team from Harvard University and MIT released summary reports describing the first two years of Harvard and MIT open online courses launched on the nonprofit learning platform, edX. These reports set expectations for the demographics and behavior of course participants and established an analytic framework for understanding the then-nascent online learning context known as the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC).

This “Year 4 Report” extends these earlier findings to four complete years of HarvardX and MITx courses on edX, resulting in one of the largest surveys of MOOCs to date: 290 courses, 245 thousand certificates, 4.5 million participants, 28 million participant-hours, and 2.3 billion events logged online. We present our findings in a series of nine exhibits that address questions about the evolution of the MOOC movement from its birth in 2012, through its current adolescence.

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See Also: HarvardX and MITx: Two Years of Open Online Courses Fall 2012-Summer 2014

See Also: HarvardX and MITx: The First Year of Open Online Courses, Fall 2012-Summer 2013

See Also: Grading the MOOCs (via Harvard Gazette)

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