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.


“Data about the Metadata MOOC, Part 1: Student Activity,” Jeffrey Pomerantz, July 10, 2014,

“MOOCs @ Edinburgh 2013 – Report #1,” Edingburgh Research Archive, July 10, 2014,

“HarvardX Working Papers,” Harvard University, July 10, 2014,

“MITx Working Papers,” MIT Office of Digital Learning, July 14, 2014,

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.

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