- Harvard and MIT researchers say that completion rates for MOOCs are "misleading and counterproductive indicators" of the courses' success and potential.
- The report draws conclusions from data taken from 17 MOOCs offered by Harvard and MIT.
- One researcher says it's clear from the research that MOOC students come into the course with different expectations, and measuring MOOCs against a conventional course metric such as completion rate may not be useful.
In an interview with the Chronicle of Higher Education, Andrew Dean Ho, the director of Harvard's MOOC research, said he hopes to classify MOOC students according to their reasons for taking a MOOC in the future. Regarding completion rates, he says: "People are projecting their own desires onto MOOCs and then holding them accountable for criteria that the instructors and institutions and, most importantly, students don’t hold for themselves."