Another setback study for behavioral economics interventions improving online completion rates

We have another setback study for those waiting for behavioral economics interventions to improve higher ed’s online completion rates.

Reported by EdSurge, researchers from MIT just completed what may be the largest research study regarding behavioral nudges and their impact on online student success, which included nearly 250,000 students.

But while faculty interventions led to short-term student activity increases, this large-scale study didn’t show significant impact in overall completion rates.

The takeaway? We must not become overconfident in our understanding of learning science. We clearly still have a long way to go.

May you continue to fight the good enrollment growth fight at your institution today, and we’ll see you again tomorrow.

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Eric Olsen

Eric brings more than a decade of award-winning creative brand development, marketing analytics and higher education experience to Helix Education. Eric is a graduate of Bradley University and earned his MBA at Lewis University.