Gender gap: Nearly 9 in 10 MOOC participants were male

While massive open online courses (MOOCs) may be making some headway in reaching students all over the world, a new study suggests that they may be having a harder time reaching across the gender gap.

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A paper published this month in the journal Research & Practice in Assessment examines the MOOC “Circuits and Electronics,” the first course developed by edX. The researchers found that 88 percent of the MOOC’s participants that responded to a survey said they were male.

The researchers noted that the finding was somewhat predictable. The low number of women typically involved in science, technology, engineering,  and mathematics (STEM) fields is a well-known discrepancy and growing concern in academia.…Read More