There hasn’t been much learning analytics or statistics from xMOOCs.
Here is a paper on Learning Analytics by Doug Clow. There are some interesting patterns relating to the dropout issue of MOOCs – with an attrition based on funnel participation.
Tucker might be one of the MOOC instructors who have surveyed and analysed the feedback from the participants of MOOCs. It is a great piece of work, in providing an overview of learners’ views and experience in such a xMOOC.
It sounds like a lot of work still needs to be done, in order to improve the course design and delivery. However, with a teacher-centred approach towards MOOCs, it would be a challenge to cater for students coming from a diverse background.
The old motto still applies to MOOC: If you try to please everyone, you please no one in MOOCs (in particular xMOOCs). I also doubt if there is a “best” MOOC as you could never satisfy everyone taking a MOOC, no matter how hard you try.
The only exception is: if the learner develops his/her own MOOCs, that is perfectly matching one’s needs. Could that happen? Yes, that is the basis of PLE, though it is not called a MOOC.
It is interesting to learn that the instructional design was assisted by Fatima Wirth, Ph.D.