Massive open online courses (MOOCs) may not be reaching the poor, but instead be catering to the rich and well-educated in developing nations, research shows.
A global survey of almost 35,000 MOOC students engaged in courses of the online education service Coursera found that the majority were already well-educated and employed, and mostly males. According to the survey, conducted by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania, United States, more than 80 per cent of MOOC students already had a college degree and 44 per cent had a postgraduate qualification.
- 83% of surveyed students already had a two- or four-year post-secondary degree
- 44.2% reporting education beyond a bachelor’s degree
- The prior educational standard among MOOC students across the world far exceeds that of the general population in their own countries