One of the arguments that we are trying to make in our recent HarvardX and MITx research is that there are some real pitfalls in using completion rates to judge and compare open online courses like MOOCs, Education Week reports.

It's well documented now that about 5% of folks who register for a MOOC, finish one. If you can raise that rate by getting more people who show up to pass a course, that can be a good thing. If you raise that rate by making the course easier, that may not be a good thing. If you raise the rate...

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