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MOOC enrollments are so large that even,
say, a 90 percent non-completion rate can
still result in an eye-catching 10,000-plus
students with certificates of completion.
Moreover, many students counted as dropouts may never have gotten much past the
course registration process, or may have
dipped into course offerings without ever
intending to complete.
Students' educational backgrounds are
similarly subject to interpretations more
favorable to the cause of educational access than those offered by critics. While
two-thirds of edX course registrants in
2012 and 2013 reported having post-high
school education, that still left 222,847 with
a high school education or less. The one in
three non-OECD users of the University of
Pennsylvania's Coursera classes represent
more than 130,000 individuals. Even the
modest 2.7 percent of edX registrants who
came from very poor countries still add up

to more than 20,000 students. It's hard to
dismiss figures like these. "These MOOCs
are reaching many nontraditional and underserved communities of students, very
different from typical students on campuses
at traditional universities," said MIT electrical engineering professor Isaac Chuang in
a statement when a Harvard-MIT study of
edX students was released in January 2014.
What of alleged Western neocolonialism
in MOOCs' academic content, institutional
affiliation, and pedagogy? Perhaps the first
response to such ideologically freighted criticism is that no one is being forced to sign up
for MOOCs. Just as Western universities are
enormous magnets for students from developing countries who have the means and
motivation to attend them in person, online
courses from the likes of Stanford and MIT
hold significant appeal for long-distance
students, even without personal attention
beyond meet-ups, discussion boards, and

peer-to-peer grading. Are critics arguing
that these students simply don't know what's
good for them?
It's fair, of course, to ask whether
MOOCs can be effective pedagogically in
a range of cultural contexts, from MOOCs'
language of instruction to the textbooks
they use to the kind of interaction between
students and instructors they do or don't
promote. But the most useful way to think
about MOOCs in the developing world,
present and future, is to view them as works
in progress: we're in a period of experimentation on a massive scale.
As in the United States, some MOOCs
could end up leading to short-term, practical
certificates rather than full-blown degrees.
Some will end up appealing to learners who
are primarily "browsers," akin to libraryusers or social-network scrollers. For more
engaged students, there's growing attention
to the efficacy of blended models that make

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Front Lines
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New Windows on the World
Green River Community College Attracts International Students at an Early Age
Education Abroad
Foreign Student Affairs
Internationalization Leadership
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