Edx participants’ profile: analysis of the factors that lead to the search for certification


  • Rodrigo Lins Rodrigues UFRPE




Massive Online Open Courses (MOOCs) are freely accessible
online courses with open registration. This term was first coined in 2008
when professors of University of Manitoba (Canada) started an online
course free and open to anyone. In 2012, two platforms were launched, EdX
and Coursera. Until now, these two platforms remain as the most popular
MOOCs providers in the world attracting universities from all of the
continents. The present study performs data analysis of Harvard and MIT
courses available in EdX during the first four years of operation. The
objective was to understand students’ and courses’ profiles and the factors
that make certifications more attractive to the participants. This paper could
identify some factors that contribute to students' motivation in obtaining
formal certification. It was important to see that variables related to
engagement impact in the inclination to obtain a certification. Furthermore,
demographical characteristics as sex and age are relevant so that institutions
can focus on specific targets.


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LINS RODRIGUES, R. Edx participants’ profile: analysis of the factors that lead to the search for certification. Revista Novas Tecnologias na Educação, Porto Alegre, v. 17, n. 1, p. 72–81, 2019. DOI: 10.22456/1679-1916.95708. Disponível em: https://seer.ufrgs.br/index.php/renote/article/view/95708. Acesso em: 17 abr. 2024.