MOOCS as Accelerators of Social Mobility? A Systematic Review

Karmijn van de Oudeweetering, Orhan Agirdag1, Educational Technology & Society, Jan 08, 2018
Commentary by Stephen Downes

This study shows that "The literature substantiated that there are fewer barriers to MOOCs than to higher education. Still, the remaining barriers seem to specifically hamper access for underprivileged populations." Which is no surprise, really, and goes to show that open access solves only part of the problem of inequity. But do look at the numbers. For example, we see measurements of as much of 20% of the participants being unemployed, or (in other studies) as many as 12 percent being from India. Would we ever see these numbers on a typical U.S. campus?

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