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ERIC Number: EJ1074628
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Oct
Pages: 31
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0002-8312
Predictors of Retention and Achievement in a Massive Open Online Course
Greene, Jeffrey A.; Oswald, Christopher A.; Pomerantz, Jeffrey
American Educational Research Journal, v52 n5 p925-955 Oct 2015
Massive open online courses (MOOCs) have been heralded as an education revolution, but they suffer from low retention, calling into question their viability as a means of promoting education for all. In addition, numerous gaps remain in the research literature, particularly concerning predictors of retention and achievement. In this study, we used survival analysis to examine the degree to which student characteristics, relevance, prior experience with MOOCs, self-reported commitment, and learners' implicit theory of intelligence predicted retention and achievement. We found that learners' expected investment, including level of commitment, expected number of hours devoted to the MOOC, and intention to obtain a certificate, related to retention likelihood. Prior level of schooling and expected hours devoted to the MOOC predicted achievement.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: North Carolina
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