Do MOOC students come back for more? Recurring Students in the GdP MOOC

Abstract : Today, most students enrolling in a MOOC already have attended to another MOOC before. We study here a subcategory of these students, who register to the same MOOC several times, which we call Recurring Students (RS). Using data collected during three 5-week sessions of the GdP MOOC (N {\textgreater} 14,000 on average per session), we show there is a significant and increasing proportion (over 10%) of RS. While their re-enrollment seems influenced by changes in course content, they succeed in the same proportions or less than new students (NS). A more granular analysis, separating RS who had previously completed a track (Recurring Successful Students - RSS) from those who hadn’t (Recurring Unsuccessful Students - RUS), reveals that RUS complete the new session in the same proportion as NS, whereas RSS fail more. As a conclusion, we propose recommendations to address these students, which could be valuable for other multiple-session MOOCs.
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François Bouchet, Rémi Bachelet. Do MOOC students come back for more? Recurring Students in the GdP MOOC. The European MOOCs Stakeholders Summit 2015, May 2015, Mons, Belgium. pp.174--182. ⟨hal-01340611⟩

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