7.00x is an introductory level biology course hosted by professor Eric Lander; one of the leaders of the Human Genome Project. The course content reflects the topics taught in introductory biology courses at MIT and many biology courses across the world. Students first focus on the structure and function of macromolecules such as DNA, RNA and proteins. Students discover the association between structure and function of the macromolecules and implications for human health. As students continue in the course, they apply an understanding of heredity and information flow within cells to human health and disease, learning about techniques in molecular biology and their potential impact in changing the world.

7.00x was offered as a MITx course on edX in the Spring of 2013. Joining Professor Lander on the teaching team were Professor Graham Walker (MIT) and Professor Brian White (UMASS Boston), Dr. Michelle Mischke, and Dr. Mary Ellen Wiltrout.

Many participants in MITx on edX courses come with different intentions and levels of interest and many resemble shoppers and auditors in their course activity. This report identifies four subpopulations of participants (numbers below): those who registered, viewed some course content, explored the course, and were certified [1].

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