What Harvard and MIT could learn from the University of Phoenix about analytics

Phil Hill, Jun 02, 2014
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Phil Hill is critical of the new data being released by Harvard and MIT from their edX-based MOOCs. "At first I was eager to explore the data," he writes, "but I am not sure how much useful insight is possible due to how the data was collected... this data only tells us very shallow usage patterns aggregated over the entire course – did they look at courseware, how many video views, how many forum posts, final grade, etc. [and] ignores student goals or any information giving a clue on whether students desired to complete the course, get a good grade, get a certificate, or just sample some material."

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