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  • Additional Information
    • Author-Supplied Keywords:
      achievement
      big data subject classification code I21
      effort
      MOOCs
      online education
      procrastination
      subject classification code I23
    • Abstract:
      Massive open online courses (MOOCs) offer many opportunities for research into several topics related to pedagogical methods and student incentives. In the context of over 20 years of online learning research, we discuss lessons to be learned from observational comparisons and experiments on randomly chosen groups of students. We target two MOOCs for our study. We investigate dropout rates and how students who decide to drop out differ from those who continue courses. We discuss class forums and video lectures and how these interactions correlate with achievement. We explore the strong correlation between procrastination and achievement and implications for MOOC design. We examine the role of certifications offered by MOOCs and how different options can affect outcomes. We also examine the potential of linking data across courses. We discuss survey data in the context of these MOOCs. These research opportunities offer big data challenges, which are addressed with parallel computing techniques. [ABSTRACT FROM PUBLISHER]
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    • Author Affiliations:
      1Department of Statistics, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, USA
      2Department of Economics, Curry School of Education, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, USA
    • ISSN:
      0158-7919
    • Accession Number:
      10.1080/01587919.2015.1019968
    • Accession Number:
      102270651
  • Citations
    • ABNT:
      DIVER, P.; MARTINEZ, I. MOOCs as a massive research laboratory: opportunities and challenges. Distance Education, [s. l.], v. 36, n. 1, p. 5–25, 2015. DOI 10.1080/01587919.2015.1019968. Disponível em: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=asn&AN=102270651&custid=s8280428. Acesso em: 15 ago. 2020.
    • AMA:
      Diver P, Martinez I. MOOCs as a massive research laboratory: opportunities and challenges. Distance Education. 2015;36(1):5-25. doi:10.1080/01587919.2015.1019968
    • APA:
      Diver, P., & Martinez, I. (2015). MOOCs as a massive research laboratory: opportunities and challenges. Distance Education, 36(1), 5–25. https://doi.org/10.1080/01587919.2015.1019968
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Diver, Paul, and Ignacio Martinez. 2015. “MOOCs as a Massive Research Laboratory: Opportunities and Challenges.” Distance Education 36 (1): 5–25. doi:10.1080/01587919.2015.1019968.
    • Harvard:
      Diver, P. and Martinez, I. (2015) ‘MOOCs as a massive research laboratory: opportunities and challenges’, Distance Education, 36(1), pp. 5–25. doi: 10.1080/01587919.2015.1019968.
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Diver, P & Martinez, I 2015, ‘MOOCs as a massive research laboratory: opportunities and challenges’, Distance Education, vol. 36, no. 1, pp. 5–25, viewed 15 August 2020, .
    • MLA:
      Diver, Paul, and Ignacio Martinez. “MOOCs as a Massive Research Laboratory: Opportunities and Challenges.” Distance Education, vol. 36, no. 1, May 2015, pp. 5–25. EBSCOhost, doi:10.1080/01587919.2015.1019968.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Diver, Paul, and Ignacio Martinez. “MOOCs as a Massive Research Laboratory: Opportunities and Challenges.” Distance Education 36, no. 1 (May 2015): 5–25. doi:10.1080/01587919.2015.1019968.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Diver P, Martinez I. MOOCs as a massive research laboratory: opportunities and challenges. Distance Education [Internet]. 2015 May [cited 2020 Aug 15];36(1):5–25. Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=asn&AN=102270651&custid=s8280428