Participants Dropout and Engagement Comparison in Programming MOOCs Based on Participants’ Goal in the Course

Keit Järve
The aim of this Bachelor’s thesis is to compare participants' dropout and engagement based on their goal in the course. The theoretical part of the thesis provides an overview of MOOCs and introduces goal setting, dropout and engagement in relation to MOOCs. In the empirical part of the thesis, the participants of the MOOC “About Programming” by University of Tartu are compared based on their goals in the course. It was found that the participants’ goals during registration affected the actual starting of the course and dropout in the first week. In addition, it was found that the number of assignments and test attempts did not depend on the participant's goal at the beginning of the course. The results can be useful for creating new courses or adapting existing ones.
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Bachelor - Computer Science
Marili Rõõm
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