Eighty percent of those who enrolled in online learning classes already have bachelor's degrees. Forty four percent have some graduate education
The internet has long been hailed as a great democratizer. And in many ways, access to information has helped groups organize and facilitated political action. But when it comes to education, simply making classes free online hasn’t had the impact many had hoped.
According to a survey of those using the University of Pennsylvania’s massively open online course (MOOC), students were nearly all already educated. Eighty percent of those who enrolled already had bachelor’s degrees. Forty four percent had some graduate education under their belt. “80 percent of MOOC students come from the wealthiest and most well educated 6 percent of the population,” the authors of the paper write.