MOOC students are educated, employed, and male

Type: Evidence | Hypothesis: Improving access | Polarity: | Sector: | Country:

While some of the main proponents of MOOC learning have emphasized the potential for MOOC to improve access to education by lowering costs, recent research into the Coursera user base by the University of Pennsylvania found that many students already hold college degrees and are taking the courses primarily to advance in their jobs.

  • An overwhelming 83 percent already have a two-year or four-year degree, and 44 percent have advanced degrees
  • In Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa nearly 80 percent of MOOC users who live there were college graduates – compared with 6% of general population
  • Nearly 57 percent of MOOC users were male and that 70 percent were employed
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