MIT has been a leader in online education for more than a decade, and many leading thinkers in the evolution of education technology have emerged from the Cambridge, Massachusetts campus. MOOC leader, edX, is run by Anant Agarwal, who is a professor at MIT, for example.
The path of progress has not proceeded unabated, however, and there have been many reason. This year EdX, the platform co-run by MIT and Harvard, gave researchers at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) data on the second-by-second viewing habits of more than 100,000 learners perusing over 6.9 million video sessions. The team found that the following factors weigh heavily in the success or failure of online learning platforms: