Source: Educational Researcher, 43(9), December 2014, p. 421-432
This article reports on the progress of users through 16 Coursera courses taught by University of Pennsylvania faculty for the first time between June 2012 and July 2013.
This study advances knowledge by considering two definitions of massive open online course (MOOC) users - registrants and starters.
Furthermore, the study compared two approaches to measuring student progress through a MOOC course (sequential versus user driven), and examined several measures of MOOC outcomes and milestones.
The patterns of user progression found in this study may not describe current or future patterns given the continued evolution of MOOCs.