80 Percent Of MOOC Students Already Have A College Degree

Career College Central summary:

  • According to a new study from the University of Pennsylvania, however, most MOOC students already have college degrees, and many of those students have completed at least some graduate coursework. No one wants to deny these students the opportunity to further their education, but much of the excitement surrounding MOOCs is about making higher education available to underserved populations, according to the Chronicle of Higher Education:
  • The Penn researchers sent the survey to students who had registered for a MOOC and viewed at least one video lecture. More than 80 percent of the respondents had a two- or four-year degree, and 44 percent had some graduate education. The pattern was true not only of MOOC students in the United States but also learners in other countries. In some foreign countries where MOOCs are popular, such as Brazil, China, India, Russia, and South Africa, “80 percent of MOOC students come from the wealthiest and most well educated 6 percent of the population,” according to the paper.
  • In other developing countries, about 80 percent of the MOOC students surveyed already held college degrees—a number staggeringly out of proportion with the share of degree holders in the general population.

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