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dc.contributor.authorGuetl, Christian
dc.contributor.authorHernandez Rizzardini, R.
dc.contributor.authorChang, V.
dc.contributor.authorMorales, M.
dc.contributor.editorLorna Uden
dc.contributor.editorJane Sinclair
dc.contributor.editorYu-Hui Toa
dc.contributor.editorDario Liberona
dc.identifier.citationGuetl, C. and Hernandez Rizzardini, R. and Chang, V. and Morales, M. 2014. Attrition in MOOC: Lessons Learned from Drop-Out Students, in L. Uden, J. Sinclair, Y. Toa, and D. Liberona (ed), Learning Technology for Education in Cloud: MOOC and Big Data. Zurich: Springer.

Despite the popularity of Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), recent studies have found that completion rates are low with some reported to be significantly lower than 10%. The low retention and completion rates are major concerns for educators and institutions. This paper investigates motivations for enrolling in a MOOC on the topic of ‘e-learning’ and discusses reasons for the attrition rates during the course. A survey of 134 students who had not completed the MOOC reveals that only 22% of the students had intended to complete the MOOC but was unable to due to various factors including academic and personal reasons. A big majority of the students indicated that changes in their job, insufficient time, difficulty with the subject matter and unchallenging activities are some of the reasons for the drop-out.

dc.subjectCompletion Rate
dc.subjectAttrition Rate
dc.subjectRetention Rate
dc.subjectMassive Open Online Course
dc.titleAttrition in MOOC: Lessons Learned from Drop-Out Students
dc.typeBook Chapter
dcterms.source.titleLearning Technology for Education in Cloud. MOOC and Big Data: Communications in Computer and Information Science
dcterms.source.seriesLearning Technology for Education in Cloud. MOOC and Big Data: Communications in Computer and Information Science
dcterms.source.conferenceThird International Workshop of Learning Technology for Education in Cloud
dcterms.source.conference-start-dateSep 2 2014
dcterms.source.conferencelocationSantiago, Chile

Paper presented at Third International Workshop, LTEC 2014, Santiago, Chile, September 2-5, 2014.

curtin.departmentSchool of Information Systems
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