Online Learning Update

October 7, 2013

Faculty members reflect on Coursera

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:02 am

by Molly Schulson, Brown Daily Herald

While 193,577 students registered for Brown’s three courses, only 101,639 were active students — students who logged in at least once and performed an action such as watching a video, submitting a quiz or completing an assignment, Melson said. “We had kids from 8 years old to 80 doing it and people from all continents. That diversity and richness — you can’t do that in a classroom,” Alcock said. The active students were from about 150 countries, with a majority of them from the United States, Brazil, India and Russia, Melson said. The largest age category represented was 25 to 35 years old, he said. Coursera gave statements of accomplishment, reports signed by the instructors indicating successful completion, to 6,662 students total, about 3 to 13 percent of the active students, depending on the course, Melson said.

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