Often hosted by professors from Ivy League schools like Stanford, MIT, Yale, Harvard and several well-known international institutions, the number of massive open online courses has exploded in recent years. In January alone, more than 4,550 MOOCs were made available according to MOOC database, Class Central, over 600 more than were offered at the end of December 2015.
Colleges and universities below the Top 50 show an average of 18 fewer MOOCs per university than those above the Top 50 mark, the difference between an average of 21 and an average of 3. Undoubtedly, much of this inequity can be explained by the high cost of designing, developing and building a MOOC, a cost often unfeasible for the non-elite.
Meanwhile, corporate learning departments at many of the biggest names in tech—Google, Microsoft, Tenaris and AT&T—are seeing a rise in completion rates for their MOOCs, some as high as 80 percent. This in addition to reports from international MOOC users on receiving returns on their investment by way of increased career options suggests that massive open online courses are becoming more successful than last year’s coverage led us to believe.
See the whole story explained at OnlineCourseReport.com.