But it opens possibilities to hook people in and engage them.
The study did have several limitations, including a large imbalance between the number of male (182) and female (510) participants.
The average age of those participants was 20.17 years old, so results can’t be compared across generations.
Students are given feedback on their efforts, and then asked to mark further essays by their peers which haven’t already been assessed.
Multiple students will mark each essay, with Coursera then aggregating these marks and stripping out the outliers.
"We have been providing access to high-quality distance education for 150 years," says Andrew Bollington, Chief Operating Officer of the University of London International Programme.