“What jumped out for me was the survey that revealed that in some cases as many as 39 percent of our learners are teachers,”
There are two ways to view this. One is that educators are simply talking to each other. The alternative — more likely in my view — is that on-line and face-to-face education are in fact complements, but also that our educators know much less than they sometimes let on. They need MOOCs to learn the material, or more optimistically to improve their presentations of it.
And how is this for the law of demand?:
Across 12 courses, participants who paid for “ID-verified” certificates (with costs ranging from $50 to $250) earned certifications at a higher rate than other participants: 59 percent, on average, compared with 5 percent. Students opting for the ID-verified track appear to have stronger intentions to complete courses, and the monetary stake may add an extra form of motivation.
I’ve long thought the standard meme “Only [small number goes here] percent of starters complete free MOOCS” was a weak argument. This shows you why.
The piece discusses other interesting results as well.