MOOCs fail in their mission to disrupt higher education

28 January, 2019

The vast majority of learners on massive open online courses or MOOCs never return after their first year and low completion rates have not improved in more than six years. In addition, the growth of MOOC participation has been concentrated almost entirely in the world’s most affluent countries, according to a study reported in Science magazine, published by the American Association for the Advancement of Science. The authors of the study, Justin Reich and José A Ruipérez-Valiente, say the promise of a disruptive transformation of post-secondary education heralded in 2012 – when it was first announced that video lectures from the world’s best professors could be broadcast to every corner of the world via MOOCs – has not been realised.

This story appears on University World News on 23 January 2019.