Growth of MOOCs

MOOCs, or Massive Open Online Courses, have increased in popularity among institutions over the years. It started off small at Stanford University when there were only 10 in 2011. However, in four years, the cumulative number of MOOCs reached to about 4,000.

Below is a report that shows the growth MOOCs over the years.

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A report, compiled by Dhawal Shal, shows that intro to statistics and computer science classes are the most popular MOOCs, while business courses make up 17% of them.

Coursera and edXm, two big MOOC providers, offer 34% and 17% of MOOCs, respectively. Richard DeMillo, director of Center for 21st Century Universities at the Georgia Institute of Technology, says that “Coursera’s business model has been centered on rapid expansion of the number of partners they’ve had.”

While edX was behind, it was focused on building its technology. Mr. DeMillo states that this might pay off in the future because “the more people get exposed to the technology, the more institutions are going to be drawn to it”

Mr. Shah says that MOOC providers are more successful because of the growth of credentials in online education. They are not just random courses; they are a part of something bigger.

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