Young people in the developing world use online courses very differently than their developed world counterparts

That’s according to the first-ever study on MOOC use and non-use in developing countries, which was arranged by the Advancing MOOCs for Development Initiative.
The Technology & Social Change Group (TASCHA) at the University of Washington Information School studied young adults in Colombia, the Philippines and South Africa.
They found:

– Certification and completion rates exceed those of developed countries Nearly half of MOOC users surveyed held a course certificate. Nearly 80% reported completing at least one course.

– Many MOOC users have no postsecondary education A quarter of MOOC users reported high school as their highest level of education completed.

– Time is a bigger barrier than technology Half of non-users aware of MOOCs cited this as a main reason for not taking courses, while just 4% cited lack of computer access and 6% cited high Internet costs.

– Awareness is a critical hurdle 79% of MOOC non-users had never heard of MOOCs.