Yep, it’s 2014. And yes, MOOCs are still a thing. With thousands of students still enrolling, and sites like EdX, Coursera, Udacity, and more continuing to add new course offerings, it would seem as though MOOCs are just getting bigger and better. Right? Well, maybe. Or maybe not. Are the pros outweighing the cons, or is traditional, in-person education keeping its stronghold? The handy infographic below takes a look at some of the pros and cons of MOOCS, and some statistics about their successes and popularity.
MOOCS – Still Going Strong?
MOOCS offer lots of advantages:
- They’re usually free
- Teachers can really make the most of classroom time
- Offers a solution to facility overcrowding
- Creates a dynamic archive of class material
- Force professors to improve lectures
- Break down distance barriers
There are also disadvantages:
- There is a lot of motivation based on profits
- “Wal-martification” of higher education
- Cost cutting to privatize public higher education
- Creates a two-tier higher education system: “real” education for those who can afford it, and “bargain” education for those who can’t.
A few statistics:
- MOOCs have a 93% failure rate (meaning 93% of enrolled participants don’t finish – for a variety of reasons. Not necessarily because they tried and couldn’t do it).
- The student teacher ratio is 150,000 to 1 – that’s a lot!
- Traditional grading systems are impossible with that ratio – lots of logistics still need to be figured out!