The Current MOOC Trends Worth Knowing About

Earlier this year, MOOCs were huge. Lots of people were talking about how MOOCs were going to change the face of education, and for good reason. They garnered the attention of lots of folks, from VC investors to big name universities. Currently, there’s somewhat less buzz happening about MOOCs. But they’re still out there, happening and evolving while we’re busy doing other things. I do find it useful to regularly be able to take the temperature, so to speak, of what people are thinking and what’s actually happening with MOOC trends, which the handy infographic below does wonderfully. Keep reading to learn more.

MOOCs in Higher Education Today (Summer 2013)

  • 74%  of schools currently offer some type of online course. 16% plan to offer one within 3 years.
  • 13% of schools currently offer a MOOC. 43% plan to offer one within 3 years, and 44% don’t plan to offer one at all.
  • 84% say that MOOCs complement residential education, while 16% say it competes.
  • A majority of respondents reported they thought that MOOCs were great for continuing education, non degree programs, technical training, and elective courses.
  • The biggest drawback was reported to be the lack of consistent review and grading for providing competencies.
  • 44% either currently offer credit for a MOOC or plan to in the future.
  • 83% would consider joining a MOOC group (like EdX or coursera)
  • Most (67%) still believe that MOOCs will never replace traditional education.

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Thumbnail source: Nature.com 

1 Comment

  1. pmcds

    August 30, 2013 at 6:39 am

    Hi. Really interested in this report and the infographic. I’m curious though – the study was a worldwide one, but what constitutes a school in this example? Is is University, FE or HE (UK) or ‘faculty’; or is it just any educational establishment offering Higher Education courses? Love the stats and infographic, certainly shows how the trends are shifting…