The report explored the perceived downside to MOOCs, with four in 10 respondents agreeing that MOOCs’ “lack of consistent review and grading system” was a drawback. One-fourth said the “high cost [to] develop and implement” MOOCs was a primary drawback.

This three-year expansion of MOOC offerings is expected to coincide with consistent growth of online education, as 90 percent of schools said they’d offer web-based classes by 2016, an increase of 17 percent of the 73 percent of colleges that offer online options today.

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