What online learners learners say about MOOCs and online education

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Results from a survey of 200+ online learners about Massive Online Open Courses (MOOCs) -- experiences with Coursera, Udacity, edX, MIT Open CourseWare.com and other online education platforms, needs and preferences with respect to online learning.

Survey was conducted in June 2013 in a population pre-disposed to higher education and learning.

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What online learners learners say about MOOCs and online education

  1. 1. Online Learning Survey An Analysis Of Learning Preferences And Needs
  2. 2. 2Survey analysis with images not chartsBOS We surveyed friends and networks pre-disposed to online learning. No incentives to participate 212TOTAL SURVEY PARTICIPANTS 18-61 AGE RANGE OF SURVEY PARTICIPANTS 95% HAVE HEARD OF AT LEAST ONE MAJOR ONLINE COURSE PROVIDER INCLUDED IN SURVEY 79%HAVE TRIED AT LEAST ONE ONLINE COURSE 73% HAVE ONE OR MORE ADVANCED DEGREES 4.2 AVERAGE NUMBER OF COURSES TAKEN BY PARTICIPANTS 1.7 AVERAGE NUMBER OF COURSES COMPLETED BY PARTICIPANTS USA & INDIA MAJORITY OF PARTICIPANTS FROM THESE TWO COUNTRIES
  3. 3. 3Survey analysis with images not chartsBOS Awareness highest for MIT & Coursera. Trial rate highest for Coursera. Definitions Awareness: Of all surveyed, how many have heard of platform? Trial %: Of all who have heard of platform, how many have tried a course on it? Approval rating: Of all who tried a platform, how many liked it & will use again?
  4. 4. 4Survey analysis with images not chartsBOS Curriculum, teaching method, reputation and price most important criteria for course selection
  5. 5. 5Survey analysis with images not chartsBOS General interest and career are primary motivators. Lack of time most common reason for dropping out.
  6. 6. 6Survey analysis with images not chartsBOS Those without advanced degrees more likely to take online courses for career growth
  7. 7. 7Survey analysis with images not chartsBOS 60% willing to pay for online learning and prefer to learn fully online
  8. 8. 8Survey analysis with images not chartsBOS Propensity to learn online is greater among those with fewer existing degrees
  9. 9. 9Survey analysis with images not chartsBOS Willingness to pay for online learning also greater among those with fewer existing degrees
  10. 10. 10Survey analysis with images not chartsBOS Course discovery and lack of peer groups are primary challenges faced by online learners
  11. 11. 11Survey analysis with images not chartsBOS Learners find courses via web search, browsing well- known providers, and friends’ recommendations How do you find online courses?
  12. 12. 12Survey analysis with images not chartsBOS Finally… We’d love to hear from you! contact@mysliderule.com Help us make this research more robust by filling out the 5-minute survey: bitly.com/onlinelearningsurvey We will update this analysis once we have a meaningfully larger sample!

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