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Attrition patterns amongst participant groups in Massive Open Online Courses

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In their current instantiation, Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) represent a form of educational delivery with little barrier to entry. In part due to the ease of enrolling, low completion rates have been a notable characteristic of MOOCs with as few as 5 - 10% of enrolled students gaining a certificate of completion. Activity data was analysed from log records collected from 42 MOOCs run by Stanford University between 2011 and 2013 on Coursera. The results indicate that attrition is not influenced by levels of participation in a MOOC and attrition is further not greatly influenced by attributes of the course.


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