Presentation from Learning Analytics and Knowledge 2013.
The relatively low completion rates of learners have been a central critique as MOOCs grow in popularity. This focus on completion rates, however, implies a monolithic view of disengagement that fails to acknowledge alternative forms of participation in MOOCs. We develop a classifier which identifies four prototypical trajectories that learners take through MOOCs: Completing learners, Disengaging learners, Auditing learners, and Sampling learners. These subpopulations are defined by learners’ longitudinal patterns of engagement with assessments and video lectures; the subpopulations can be used as a lens to learn more about other aspects of the learners or the courses. Link to full paper in the final slide.