The Current State Of MOOCs

MOOCs are still eliciting buzz in the academic world. But MOOCs are about more than just education – they are a huge social presence and inhabit a network of their own. Big name universities have signed on to back many of the courses, lending some credibility to the land of online learning. With MOOCs gaining traction quickly and millions of learners signing on, the appeal is quite powerful. The handy infographic below takes a look at some interesting facts and statistics about MOOCs – keep reading to learn more!

Did You Know?

  • Coursera drew a million users in just 4 months after their launch.
  • Coursera now has 3.3 million students in 196 countries and 62 university partners.
  • 61.5% of students enrolled in a MOOC are from outside the US.
  • Brazil, China, India, Canada, and the UK boast high % of enrolled students.
  • 70% already have a bachelor’s degree or higher.
  • 80% take courses online for credit.
  • 50% are age 26 or older.
  • MOOCs are free, and the majority (86%) don’t require textbooks.
  • Most MOOCs do not offer credit (but that may change soon).


  • 73.3% of MOOC professors own their course content.
  • 2/3 are tenured.
  • The majority have 10 years experience or more.
  • 71.8% taught a MOOC to make higher education more accessible.
  • They spend about 100 hours per class in prep time
  • About 8 hours per week are spent “in class”
  • There are about 33,000 students enrolled per class
  • About 50% think their online class is as hard as the same in-person class, but over 70% don’t think the students deserve credit from their home institution.






  1. Muvaffak GOZAYDIN

    January 16, 2014 at 11:01 am

    Not all MOOCs are good and worthwhile to be an university course academically good .

    So far only edx by MIT Harvard provide worthwhile online courses .
    EDX can replace the traditional education when they provide degrees too . EDX will provide the high quality education at asmall fee of $ 100-200 per course .

  2. Marc Singer

    January 17, 2014 at 10:34 am

    Thanks for the infographic–the numbers are enlightening. Just one thing I’d like to know about, though: what about other providers of MOOCs and open courseware? Are their numbers and demographics the same as Coursera’s? Coursera is certainly the best-known platform for MOOCs, but not the only one.