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Studies carried out in classroom-based learning context, have consistently shown a positive relation between students' conscientiousness and their academic success. We hypothesize that time management and regularity are main constructing blocks of students' conscientiousness in the context of online education. In online education, despite intuitive arguments supporting on-demand courses as more flexible delivery of knowledge, completion rate is higher in the courses with rigid temporal constraints and structure. In this study, we further investigate how students' regularity affects their learning outcome in MOOCs. We propose several measures to quantify students regularity. We validate accuracy of these measures as predictors of students' engagement and success in the course.

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