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First day stands out as most popular among MOOC leavers

Nazir, Usman, Davis, Hugh C. and Harris, Lisa J. (2015) First day stands out as most popular among MOOC leavers International Journal of e-Education, e-Business, e-Management and e-Learning, 5, (3), pp. 173-179.

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The open nature of MOOCs poses new challenges for educators to engage students in their learning. It defies the traditional classroom bound learning and demands new measures to be taken that would help keep students engaged in the course. This paper studies the enrolment data of three MOOCs offered on Future Learn in 2013/14 and identifies that at any given day in its lifecycle the highest number of students leave the course on the very first day they join it. Hence, it proposes strategies such as buddying, feedback and briefing to facilitate students to stay on board and engage with the course for maximum benefit possible.

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e-pub ahead of print date: 26 March 2015
Keywords: distance education, e-learning, MOOCs dropout rates, MOOCs engagement
Organisations: Southampton Business School


Local EPrints ID: 376530
ISSN: 2010-3654
PURE UUID: a1b34eca-afd5-4d36-a17f-3f6c91c2138c
ORCID for Hugh C. Davis: ORCID iD

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Date deposited: 29 Apr 2015 09:01
Last modified: 17 Jul 2017 21:08

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Author: Usman Nazir
Author: Hugh C. Davis ORCID iD
Author: Lisa J. Harris

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