December 12, 2013
Men Take Computer Science; Women Take Cooking Classes

MOOCs are education’s enigma. They were once trumpeted as the solution to rising education costs, as the revolution that would engage bored students and reach people around the globe. But low completion rates and poor results have plagued the courses, and now educators are wondering what sort of a role MOOCs will play a role in the future of education.
One way to understand what MOOCs can and cannot do is to look at who is taking them and what they are looking to learn. Coursera completed a demographic survey of over 200,000 of its students last fall, and they recently shared the results with me. 
To some extent, the survey disproves the theory that MOOCs would engage disadvantaged, under-educated students. Almost three out of four enrollees are employed full time. Another 5.8 percent is retired. The average Coursera student is 37 years old.
Read more. [Image: Pat Wellenbach/AP Photo]

Men Take Computer Science; Women Take Cooking Classes

MOOCs are education’s enigma. They were once trumpeted as the solution to rising education costs, as the revolution that would engage bored students and reach people around the globe. But low completion rates and poor results have plagued the courses, and now educators are wondering what sort of a role MOOCs will play a role in the future of education.

One way to understand what MOOCs can and cannot do is to look at who is taking them and what they are looking to learn. Coursera completed a demographic survey of over 200,000 of its students last fall, and they recently shared the results with me.

To some extent, the survey disproves the theory that MOOCs would engage disadvantaged, under-educated students. Almost three out of four enrollees are employed full time. Another 5.8 percent is retired. The average Coursera student is 37 years old.

Read more. [Image: Pat Wellenbach/AP Photo]

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    I always thought MOOCs were just teched-up correspondence courses. And barely that, really.
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  15. dubiousradical said: if they actually thought digitazing things could solve social inequalities then they are pretty slow.
  16. herestothehalcyon said: I’m sure you know that when using an acronym, it should be defined. What the fuck (WTF) is a MOOC?