Ning Zheng | Communication, Media and Learning Technologies Design | Mathematics Science and Technology

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Communication, Media & Learning Technologies Design

In the Department of Mathematics, Science & Technology

Student Diversity and Its Relationship to Course Grade and Exploration Degree: A Study on MOOC Platform edX in Year 2012-2013

Ning Zheng, M.A. in Communication and Education

The open-source nature of MOOCs has attracted a large number of enrollees as it lowers barriers to student entry. Previous studies have highlighted the necessity of understanding student diversity. However, few studies focused on investigation of student diversity and its relationship to MOOC performance on edX. My research provides a thorough examination of edX students’ demographic variables to understand and predict students’ performance pattern. This research is guided by the following main questions: 1) what is the demographics of students who enrolled in edX’s MOOCs? 2) What are the major student factors that contribute to higher exploration rate? 3) How do student backgrounds and behaviors affect their grades? Quantitative research method and statistical approaches are applied to analyze the dataset from 641138 registrations across 16 MOOCs on edX in the year 2012-2013.

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