Udacity Helps At-Risk Students Accelerate Learning Physics/Statistics

Source: Texas Promise website, Dec 2012

For the pilot, 22 Winfree students enrolled in Udacity courses. All of them had indicators as being at-risk for dropping out of school by state and national standards, and 78 percent were from economically disadvantaged households. They had the choice to enroll in either introduction to statistics or introduction to physics. Seventeen students enrolled in physics and five enrolled in statistics.

Nine weeks into the pilot, 72 percent of students were trending above expectations set by their principal. In fact, seven students had completed the physics course and 100 percent of the students in the statistics course were ahead of the principal’s expectations for their progress.

Feedback from the students included:

“You get the one-on-one attention that you want. [The instructor] teaches you how to do the problems step by step and then lets you do it on your own. Another great thing about this is that if you do not understand it you can always keep repeating it until you figure out how to work it out.”


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