May 23rd, 2013 Course Creation

As we enter into the early phases of MOOCs, we are now starting to see some early trends, particularly as more institutions start to jump on board. Speaking of which, it’s interesting to note that only 10% of schools do not plan to offer any type of online course – which means the groundwork is there for MOOCs to gain some traction in years to come.

Interestingly though, 44% of schools don’t have any plans to offer MOOCs. I think this is because most are waiting on the sidelines to see how everything plays out. Not a bad strategy, but in some cases they may be playing catch-up should the concept really begin to take off.

For the time being, I can see how MOOCs will primarily be used as a supplement to formal education – a perspective supported by the fact that 67% of people believe that MOOCs will never replace the traditional, residential classroom (according to the Enterasys inforgraphic). This makes sense though, especially the amount of money at stake in the higher education classrooms. The reason that MOOCs are popular to begin with is because prestigious institutions are offering courses. What makes these institutions desirable are their “brands”, partially obtained through the quality of professor they employ. Naturally, if institutions like Princeton offered free education to all, they wouldn’t be able to entice these professors.

Time will tell what MOOCs become. I still think that they need a viable revenue model before they really take off – the original investors of Coursera are expecting a return on their money eventually.  Still, it’s fascinating to see this industry develop!


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You have misconstrued the results of this survey when you write “only 10% of schools offer or plan to offer any type of online course.” That is completely backward. The truth is that only 10% of schools do NOT plan to offer any type of online course.

Avatar Neil Holman

Hi Neil, thanks for catching the typo – now updated.

This report is a great eye-opener for the higher educational institutions, in the educational disadvantaged locations, waiting to join the bandwagon on MOOC implementation. Wake-up now!!!

I agree that those statistics are a great eye-opener. Still, I feel a bit concerned about the future of online education when it comes to providing long programs with a certain degree of complexity. I have a couple of colleagues who totally refuse to pursue a masters degree program online, for instance. They say it is hard to to learn that way. Is that a generalized attitude?

Hi Justin, what was the sample size and who was included in the sample? Had a look at the Enterasys site and couldn’t find the research. Thanks, Frankie

Avatar Frankie O'Brien

Hi Frankie- I would not know; it’s probably worth writing Enterasys regarding sample sizes and respondent demographics.

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