The second iteration of the Metadata MOOC recently ended, and Statements of Accomplishment have gone out. So now I can share some data from round 2.
Recall that back before round 2 launched, I made some predictions about how student engagement in the course would play out over the course of the course. Well, it turns out that I lowballed myself… over the 8-week span, the number of active students per week was about 2.5x what I predicted.[table “” not found /]
I also predicted that 556 students will earn a Statement of Accomplishment. In fact, 733 students earned a Statement of Accomplishment.
Needless to say, I’m quite pleased about this level of engagement in the course. What accounts for it? I’m not sure. At this point, without having yet analyzed the pre- and post-course survey results, all I can do is speculate. Obviously my first hypothesis is that I’m just so awesome that no one can get enough of me. My second (and just possibly more realistic) hypothesis is that the students in the second round of a MOOC are more serious than those in the first offering: possibly some are returning students who didn’t complete the first round and are coming back for more, possibly some didn’t participate in the first round at all for whatever reason and waited for round 2. Clearly I need to delve into our pre- and post-course survey results, to see what students’ motivations were for taking the course. Stay tuned.
I looked at the predictions and had a hunch so I made some calculations. If I made the calculations right, you understimated the number of assistants (you had about 2.55 times more students than predicted) but you nailed (to the tenth of thousand) the drop out ratio. Absolutely amazing.
Other than that, I assisted to the first edition without knowing for sure what to expect and took it very seriously and enjoyed the course a lot.
I came across this course during a google search. I am a Master of Information Science (Library and Information Practice) student from Australia and I’d love to learn more about metadata – your course description and the course reviews sound amazing. Will you ever run it again as a MOOC?
ALUYSIO GOTHARDO DA CRUZ
Hi Professor. Coursera don’t offer your outstanding material. I’ve got sick during the last offer and I could not complete the course. Do you expect to reopen the course in this platform(or in another)?