releasing MOOCs Netflix-style

When we launched the course January 9, 2015, we released most of the content for “15.390.1x Entrepreneurship 101” and “15.390.2x Entrepreneurship 102” all at once. After the first run of the 15.390.1x, we interviewed over 200 students and asked for feedback on the course. One of the questions we asked was, “Did you finish the course?” Many of the students we interviewed said that they did not finish the course because life happened. Something came up at work or in their personal life so they failed to finish “15.390.1x Entrepreneurship 101.”

If this was a reason why students were not finishing our course, we wondered if it would make a difference by releasing all the course content at once Netflix-style. To our knowledge, only one edX course has released the contents of the first run on a weekly basis and the second run all at once. In 2013, HarvardX release the content of the HeroesX weekly over four months. In the second run, all the content was released at once. Tommy Mullaney and Justin Reich at Harvard have published an academic paper with their findings.

We’re also very curious to know if releasing the content all at once versus on a weekly basis makes a difference in completion rates for this course. Let us know on Twitter @MIT15390x