Friday, 7 June 2013

What is Udacity afraid of?

Udacity has proudly announced last week that one of its courses is the most popular MOOC in the world.

To anybody who has taken CS101 - Introduction to Computer Science, it is easy to see why.

What’s interesting though is the metric used by Udacity to make this claim: enrollment number.

I have contacted Udacity to obtain more detailed course statistics. Here’s the answer from one of their Community Marketing Associates:

“Laurent, unfortunately we can't share the number of certificates we've issued at this time. If you have more questions, our press kit might help -- Thanks.”

Given the dropout rate typical of MOOCs, how many of the 314,159 enrollees have earned a certificate of completion so far? How many have actually watched a course video?

Other course providers have been more open with their usage statistics and Udacity has one of the most compelling course offering.

So... Udacity, what are you afraid of?

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