Texas universities increasingly are opening up classes to anyone with an email address and an internet connection, even as they struggle to measure learner success and gain insight into the unseen millions logging on to learn.

learner-moocsFew students who register for massive open online courses, or MOOCs, are finishing them.

Completion rates at the University of Texas at Austin, for example, have ranged up to just 13 percent, officials said. At Rice University, between 5 percent and 8 percent of registrants finished their courses, the school reported.

Still, these figures are not...

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