MOOCs—massive open online courses—aren’t in the news as much as they were a few years ago when popular MOOCs like Coursera and EdX first arrived on the scene. However, MOOCs are growing. In 2014, 400 universities offered more than 2,400 courses to 17 million students around the world.


In 2013, the majority of EdX students were male and based outside the US, according to a research team from Harvard and MIT, the co-founders of EdX. The average student was 29 years old and held a bachelor’s degree. However, researchers also found that the number of older, female, and US-based students is rising.