Returning learners

The following graph shows the percentage of the learner cohort enrolled on our iteration 2 courses who had also enrolled on iteration 1 of the same course.

Returners

The following table illustrates that the percentage of re-enrolled learners who go on to become active learners in iteration 2 courses is more often lower than for the whole course population. Also the percentage of returning learners who achieve a Statement of Accomplishment is more often lower than for the whole course population.

Course  %  Course active % Returners active
% Course completed (SoA) % Returners completed (SoA)
AI Planning 002 51.53% 47.53% (-) 3.57% 3.01% (-)
Astrobiology 002 56.51% 56.69% (+) 20.83% 17.83% (-)
Critical Thinking 002 48.99% 32.51% (-) 11.34% 8.73% (-)
EDC 002 49.91% 42.51% (-) 3.01% 3.35% (+)
Equine Nutrition 002 65.15% 51.58% (-) 29.93% 21.32% (-)
Intro to Philosophy 002 58.84% 52.93% (-) 10.85% 6.63% (-)

The following table highlights the spread of engagement across the two iterations of a given course within the returning learner cohort as a percentage of the total of returning learners per course. Engagement accounting for 25% or more of the total cohort has been highlighted in bold.

AI Planning Astrobiology Critical Thinking EDC Equine Nutrition Intro Philosophy
Course 001 Course 002
enrolled enrolled 20% 19% 33% 21% 9% 19%
active 8% 13% 10% 8% 3% 1%
completed 0% 2% 1% 0% 1% 0%
active enrolled 30% 19% 32% 36% 28% 27%
active 35% 25% 18% 28% 26% 32%
completed 1% 6% 1% 1% 6% 2%
completed enrolled 1% 7% 3% 2% 13% 2%
active 2% 7% 1% 2% 10% 4%
completed 0% 2% 0% 0% 4% 1%

It is interesting to note that within Edinburgh data returning learners appear to be less likely to complete the course in their second exposure, even if they had not previously completed the course, than their non-returning peers. Equine Nutrition and Astrobiology also noted a higher than average return from learners who completed the course in the first iteration – these two courses also had a higher than average conversion to completion in the first iteration than the Edinburgh course average.

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