Online education experts fear that abysmal massive open online course (MOOC) completion rates could confuse the public about the quality of more traditional web-based classes as in-person college courses continue to sport the highest rates of completion.

On-campus completion rates were about 3-5 percent higher in 2013 than their online counterparts, according to findings in the annual "Managing Online Education" survey released by WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies.

completionEighty-one percent of students completed in-person classes and 78 percent finished online courses.

An examination of institutions that provide both online and on-campus classes...

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