Data from edX’s first course offer preliminary insights into online learning

Jennifer Chu, , Jun 17, 2013
Commentary by Stephen Downes
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Interesting results from a survey of the first EdX courses. "Educational success in a MOOC, but also in a face-to-face class, is not a wholly individual activity," says Mintz, who was not involved in this study. "It has a social dimension. To put this another way, persistence and success are not simply products of cognitive factors. Noncognitive factors — in this case, social connection — are equally important." The full report is here.

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