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Developing country MOOC users not like those in the U.S.

By Ronald Bethke
May 2nd, 2016

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Unlike in the U.S., completion and certification rates are actually growing for developing country MOOC users.

A new study from researchers at the University of Washington has revealed that half of developing country MOOC users are receiving certification. And while many assume that the main barrier to developing country MOOC use is lack of technology skills or access, the huge barrier to sign-up has nothing to do with technology, say non-users.

These are just of the interesting statistics gleaned from a survey of 1,400 MOOC users and 2,250 non-users between the ages of 18 and 35 in Colombia, the Philippines and South Africa–part of research conducted by the Technology & Social Change Group (TASCHA) at the University of Washington’s Information School. The data shows that learners in developing countries are using MOOCs very differently than their developed world counterparts. Namely, it found that these learners have much higher MOOC completion rates as well as different user demographics.

However, developing countries still have barriers to online learning of their own to overcome.

(Next page: Statistics about the successes of developing country MOOC users, as well as their challenges)


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