In just a few years, online courses have been growing exponentially. How do you know if your child is using a good online learning site?
Statistics On How Many Students Use Online Learning Site
In what is becoming a trend that has become more common in recent years, students across the country can now find themselves diving headlong into a new online learning platform called Coursera, with many of those very students discovering a fundamental element of online learning may be slightly flawed.
Despite the costs of online classes that come with high technology and complicated software, enrollments within the massive online open course (MOOC) system has grown dramatically over the past few years.
Current trends show that up to 10 percent of all students who take a Coursera course at least once a year take a similar course again, which can prove very time consuming and expensive for a student, especially when they are already paying for their schooling and going back to school multiple times a year.
During a recent earnings call, reported in The Hill, the CEO of online learning platform Coursera, Devesh Chetty, indicated that students who started with a poorly-rated Coursera online course may wind up not completing a course after only one semester because they either lack interest or the emotional and mental support to complete it.
“Based on the information we have, we probably do have about 10 percent of all students do not complete a MOOC (sic),” he said. “So it’s a pretty low overall attach rate.”
Being able to post homework essays, multiple choice tests and due dates to that online platform is not the big problem; being able to take satisfaction in sitting in front of a computer, completing your assignment and receiving feedback on it is what is troubling.
According to Coursera, the platform has one of the most registered user bases in the MOOC space, with millions of students consistently taking courses in “top universities” like Harvard, MIT, Oxford and Columbia.
The issue is, we know very little about the students who are completing courses through the online learning platform, and what colleges and universities they enrolled in. And in the current political climate, where the push for traditional school culture has fallen by the wayside in favor of a shift to online learning, it is unknown what kind of issues such students may be experiencing.
The website Quora provides an amazing resource to aid in learning about such students. They offer two methods for asking about data on these issues, and I have a sense that there may be much that needs to be explored here.
One approach involves a lengthy “Q&A” where candidates pose a question and the original respondent, in this case the University, provides answers that are anonymous, with little in the way of labeling or personalization. In this approach, it becomes clear why Coursera and the university are staying tight-lipped about this problem, in that they would rather not address it, at least in public.
The other option is to use Quora to simply ask questions and get answers for users who leave them. Questions regarding Coursera can also be found in this form.
“I’m a computer science student at a top university in the U.S.,” said one question on Quora. “I do not have a Coursera account. How can I join? Do Coursera students need to be current or at least a senior in high school to participate? Are my grades high enough for me to be enrolled in Coursera? Is it possible to be admitted without a Coursera account? Is a high school teacher a potential source of answers to questions that I might pose to Coursera?”
The U.S. National Center for Education Statistics has no record that any Coursera data is maintained by them.
Either way, it would be beneficial for data to be compiled about how many people are enrolled in Coursera courses at any given time and what are the issues they are encountering.