Course explaining dementia attracts 50,000 learners

by Tim Dodd, AFR

The University of Tasmania’s very popular massive open online course (MOOC) explaining dementia this week begins its run for the fourth time. So far the course, Understanding Dementia, has enrolled 50,000 students and has an extraordinarily high completion rate of 36 per cent since it was first offered in 2013. A 10 per cent completion rate would normally be considered extremely good for a MOOC. Because most MOOCs are free, and attract a high proportion of window shoppers, the vast majority of learners usually do not complete. The free course runs for nine weeks, contains the latest research on dementia and was developed at the university’s Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre.

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