The MOOC metrics we should be tracking


If we can better understand the skills and psychological factors that contribute to their success, that might help us teach a new generation of learners how to succeed in MOOCs or whatever EdTech solution might ultimately provide an alternative to a higher-education system pricing itself out of reach for too many.

Sources:

“Data about the Metadata MOOC, Part 1: Student Activity,” Jeffrey Pomerantz, July 10, 2014, http://jeffrey.pomerantz.name/2013/11/data-about-the-metadata-mooc-part-1/

“MOOCs @ Edinburgh 2013 – Report #1,” Edingburgh Research Archive, July 10, 2014, https://www.era.lib.ed.ac.uk/bitstream/1842/6683/1/Edinburgh_MOOCs_Report2013_no1.pdf

“HarvardX Working Papers,” Harvard University, July 10, 2014, http://harvardx.harvard.edu/harvardx-working-papers

“MITx Working Papers,” MIT Office of Digital Learning, July 14, 2014, http://odl.mit.edu/mitx-working-papers/

Jonathan Haber is a writer/researcher who has worked in the fields of professional assessment, employment, curriculum development and educational technology. This article first appeared in World Wide Learn.