On Friday, Open2Study celebrated its first birthday. In the year since we launched, we’ve welcomed almost 144 thousand students, from 217 countries to the family.
As we celebrated, we started to think about what it is that makes Open2Study different from other MOOC providers. Jose Herrera-Perea, our fearless leader, says the term ‘MOOC’ isn’t totally appropriate to us. ‘For a start, the “Massive” element of MOOC isn’t a key driver for Open2Study,’ he says. For us, says Jose, it’s all about the student experience.
Most MOOC providers create a platform and then make it available to providers to use on their own. For Open2Study, with a focus on student experience, it was really important that we be involved in the entire process of course development, including learning design, pre-production, filming, editing and then social learning facilitation. The idea is that we can be truly responsive to student enquiries and work to ensure that all content is fit for purpose, built specifically for the digital space.
Our courses are also designed to be fully self-contained. While many students make the decision to explore further study, we want to be able to satisfy the curiosity that we believe makes life interesting.
Why not, having looked up at the stars one evening, then enrol in a short course to learn more about what’s going on out there?
The evidence from our first few student cohorts is that our students are more engaged, more satisfied and more likely to complete their courses than in any other MOOC provider. For example, about 25% of our students complete their course, compared to the MOOC industry average of about 7% – we’re pretty proud of that.
A survey of over 7 thousand students from our first two cohorts showed us that more than:
- 97% were satisfied overall with their Open2Study experience
- 97% agreed that the Open2Study website is easy to use
- 98% would recommend Open2Study to their friends and family
This cake is for you
For us, these figures reflect the hard work and dedication of our education partners and the presenters representing them. It’s also, of course, an indication of the enthusiasm and appetite for learning that our students bring every time they log in. So, thank you. You’ve made our first birthday a really happy one.
We believe that the online classroom environment is the ultimate reflection of student-centric approach to development. Open2Study is the result of extensive – and continuing – research and we can’t wait to see what the next year will bring.