Online Learning Update

December 26, 2013

MOOCs Attracting the Highly Educated

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:04 am

by MARY ELLEN ELLIS, Teaching Certification Degrees

According to recent survey information, MOOCs and their administrators have a ways to go before they truly break down barriers to educational access. A study conducted by the University of Pennsylvania surveyed 35,000 students from around the world who were participating in MOOCs. They found that among U.S. students participating, 80 percent already had a college degree. In other countries, including Brazil, India, China, Russia, and South Africa, over three-quarters of the MOOC students surveyed were from the richest six percent of their nations’ populations. Although MOOCs are open to anyone, this study shows that they are not reaching very many people who have traditionally been shut out of higher education. Most of the students are men, already employed, and seeking courses to help them upgrade their careers.

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