Real-Time MOOC Snapshot

Harvard University of Boston, Massachusetts, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology of Cambridge each have released an online visualization tool that offers a real-time snapshot of total enrollments in their massive open online courses.
Real-Time MOOC Snapshot

Called Insights, the suite provides aggregated data about course registrants in all the MOOCs that have been offered through HarvardX and MITx, the founding partners behind the edX consortium of MOOC platforms.

For instance, from fall 2012 to summer 2013, 597,692 individuals registered in one or more MOOCs offered through HarvardX or MITx. Of these, 43,196 earned certificates of completion, and 35,937 explored at least half of the course content. However, 469,702 registrants viewed less than half of the content, while 292,852 registrants viewed no online content at all. Other information includes geographical location, age, gender, and certificate attainment. HarvardX Insights is available at harvardx.harvard.edu/harvardxinsights/ world-map-enrollment. MITx Insights is available at odl.mit.edu/ insights/.

Researchers with HarvardX and MITx also have released a report that shares the results from their first year’s experience with MOOC delivery. “HarvardX and MITx: The First Year of Open Online Courses, Fall 2012-Summer 2013” is available at ssrn.com/ abstract=2381263.