MOOCs: What did edX learn in 4 years?

In December of 2016, the edX team released HarvardX and MITx: Four Years of Open Online Courses. Some of the important statistics that stood out to me in this report are:

  • There are about 2.4 million participants from all over the world, out of which 60% of the participants are from the outside of United States of America.
  • Only 33% of the participants were female. The percentage of female participation was as high as 47% in fields like humanities, religion, design and education while it was a low of 16-17% in fields like STEM and computer science.
  • About 45% of the participants belong to 20-30 years age group.
  • 73% of participants have a bachelor’s degree.
  • The median certification rate is as low as 7.7% across the 263 courses offered.


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