By Sara Grossman
Many people outside of higher education have never heard of massive open online courses, according to a new survey of public attitudes toward the free offerings.
While an overwhelming majority of respondents to the survey said they were familiar with online education in general, only 22 percent said they were familiar with MOOCs, and only 4 percent said they were very familiar with them.
The survey, which was based on a nationwide sample of 1,042 people interviewed online in May, determined that a majority of people were modestly in favor of colleges’ offering MOOCs. But there was a distinct split in attitudes among specific subgroups of respondents.
College students and soon-to-be-college students were the most likely to have heard of MOOCs, but only 26 percent of them said MOOCs were a good idea. Meanwhile, 41 percent of alumni said MOOCs were a good idea. Parents indicated a greater interest in MOOCs, but for themselves rather than for their children.
[ Full article available at The Chronicle of Higher Education: http://chronicle.com/blogs/wiredcampus/survey-finds-only-limited-public-awareness-of-moocs/44549 ]