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Professors from MIT and Harvard report on their first year in MOOCs and the edX project

  • There were 841,687 registrations from 597,692 unique users
  • Only 5 percent earned a certificate of completion.
  • One-third of users never viewed any course materials.
  • More than half of those who completed at least half of the course went on to earn a certificate of completion
See also:
Education Week article from one of the authors, 

The First Year of edX: Research Findings to Inform Online Learning