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Abstract Title: Participation and performance in the first Physics MOOC from MITx
Abstract: Massive Open Online Courses provide an exciting new avenue for instruction and research. In the Spring of 2013, MITx released its first introductory physics MOOC through the edX platform, generating a total enrollment of greater than 40,000 students from around the world. We describe course participants in terms of their age, gender, level of education, and country of origin, categorizing these demographics into appropriate subpopulations. Using the three midterms and final exam as reference points, we contrast the performance of different demographic groups, and present a comparison of the gender gap and attrition between MOOCs and traditional classrooms. Our work represents a preliminary analysis aimed at understanding MOOC data and its context within physics education research.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Saif Rayyan
Department of Physics
77 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02139
and Co-Presenter(s)
Daniel T. Seaton - MIT, Office of Digital Learning
David E. Pritchard - MIT, RLE and Department of Physics
John W. Belcher - MIT, Department of Physics
Isaac Chuang - MIT, Office of Digital Learning

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