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1. (WO2018204645) A/B TESTING FOR MASSIVE OPEN ONLINE COURSES

Pub. No.:    WO/2018/204645    International Application No.:    PCT/US2018/030892
Publication Date: Fri Nov 09 00:59:59 CET 2018 International Filing Date: Fri May 04 01:59:59 CEST 2018
IPC: G09B 7/077
Applicants: COURSERA, INC.
Inventors: SCHLENDER, Amory B.
Title: A/B TESTING FOR MASSIVE OPEN ONLINE COURSES
Abstract:
Techniques of randomized testing of massively open online courses (MOOCs) involve generating independent A/B tests on the plurality of individual sections of a MOOC. Along these lines, a MOOC may have many learning modules, with many students enrolled in the MOOC. A course instructor may wish to experiment with different variations of course content in order to discover whether any such variations may improve the MOOC. Rather than perform a single A/B test during the MOOC to obtain results for which the course instructor would have to wait weeks, the instructor submits variations of various individual learning modules of the MOOC to a A/B testing server. The A/B testing server may then assign students in each lecture to different versions of a learning module. The A/B testing server may also evaluate the results of the testing in order to provide a recommendation about the MOOC as a whole.