Key data from the University of Copenhagen's MOOCs

There are many ways to assess activity level and reach of MOOCs, and much disagreement on which way is the best. There is, however, agreement that you cannot count MOOC student activity and retention levels in the same way as you do it for traditional campus based or even small moderated online courses. Below are some of the key numbers describing the scale of the University's MOOCs, in relation to numbers of learners and types of learner activity. We have also included two different ways of looking at retention - one simplistic one just relating the number of course completers to the overall number of learners who have enrolled, and a more realistic one, which relates the number of course completers to the number of learners doing any form of graded assignment or quiz in the course room.

Aggregated figures for University of Copenhagen's 12 MOOCs (March 2017)

Variable Value
Number of learners who enrolled 536,026
Number of learners who visited course 301,322
Number of learners who submitted exercise 93,876
Number of learners completing course 27,367
% of enrolled learners who visited course 57 %
% of enrolled learners who completed course 5 %
% of enrolled learners submitting exercise who completed course 29 %
Number of video lectures viewed 4,621,333
Number of exercises submitted 773,280
Number of forum posts made 108,628

If you have any questions regarding these numbers - or regarding learner activity levels, definitions, or retention - then feel free to reach out to Anne-Marie Mosbech Jensen,