White men in 50s with no online education experience most likely to teach MOOCs

October 28, 2015
The average instructor of a massive open online course (MOOC) is most likely to be a white male in his 50s with two decades of experience in academia but none in online education, according to a recent study from Indiana University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The survey took place in the spring and summer of 2014 and looked at 707 instructors who taught online courses through edX and Coursera. Out of a total of 162 respondents, 64% said they were male, and 74% said they were white. About two-thirds of the respondents, or 67%, said the MOOC was the first time they had taught an online course.

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