Universities investing in massive open online courses face an uncertain payoff
By Ellis Booker
Massive open online courses are proliferating, despite the many unanswered questions about how they will pay off for their creators.
According to a curated list compiled by TechnoDuet, there are nearly 40 MOOC providers worldwide today.
Another resource documenting this growth is the MOOC Map, an interactive visualization showing the geographic spread of MOOCs from six providers (Coursera, Instructure, Blackboard, edX, FutureLearn and Open2Study).
The fastest-growing purveyor, Coursera, now claims 4 million students across four continents and 83 college partners.
It’s also clear students are inclined toward online education and more technology in education in general. A new study, “The Future of Education”, conducted by Internships.com and the research firm Millennial Branding, found 50% of students feel a physical classroom is unnecessary for learning, 53% trust in the reputability of online colleges, and 39% expect education to be more virtual in the future.
Significantly, this report also found 43% believe online education will provide them with courses of the same or higher quality than traditional colleges.
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