Top Reasons Why Students Don’t Make it Through Harvard and MIT Online Courses


Being the ‘high and mighty’ universities such as, MIT, Columbia, and Harvard could be nothing more than a pipe dream for many people.

Some would even say it’s easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for any average Joe to be granted study into these schools.

This is how online courses have become a godsend. Imagine getting instruction from the very same professors who stand in front of the hallowed lecture halls at the university.

However, only a nominal percentage of the total online enrollees actually make it to the end of the race.

As of 2015, the MOOC average completion rate is only at around 15%. At times, it may reach or exceed a peak of 40%.

Here are some of the possible reasons why:

Lack of Discipline

Let’s face it – one would have to have gargantuan amounts of discipline and dedication in order to finish something very elective, including an online course. People who enroll in such courses are often sidetracked by personal circumstances outside the course, resulting in an inability to complete it.

Lesser Motivation

Contrary to online lectures where communication is only a one-way street, actual face-to-face discussions compel students to focus and stay in the classroom out of respect for the lecturer.

Language Barriers

Another factor is possible language barriers between the lecturer and student.

Unlike in traditional classroom settings where students may always ask for clarifications, online courses provide a one-way non-interactive platform where students get to listen to their lecturers, but lecturers don’t get to hear out their students.

Certain accents or dialects, unfortunately, prevent students from thoroughly understanding the course, which could affect their willingness to move forward.

Group Oriented Education

The trend in learning remains the same – and that is attending study as part of a larger group.

The interaction involved in group-oriented education makes it easier for many if not most students to adapt and focus on the course, compared to solo classes where distractions can easily make their way in and reel the student away from the lecture.

This conundrum has paved the way for many educators to provide solutions to the issues presented above.

As a result, NIIT has launched an on-ground student servicing infrastructure that supports a more interactive learning model that will help ensure not just enrollment, but more importantly completion of the online courses provided by top universities in the USA.

These will be made available for massive online open courses (MOOC).

So, what’s the drill? The new learning models include the classroom or virtual presence of a teacher, who will be available to cater to any questions or concerns raised by the student while undergoing the online lecture.

Basically, it’s an online course delivered the traditional way.

NIIT is set to jumpstart such courses within the year, with fees starting at a minimum of Rs. 10,000 for a 3-month study. Completion tests will set you back at anything between $50 to $100.

If you’ve been having qualms about enrolling in an online course for reasons as stated earlier, it’s time to sweep the doubts under the rug and get trained or taught online!

Rob Clark admin staff managing editor

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