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Online vs Traditional Education

With computers and the internet changing more and more of the ways we live, QuestionPro wanted to discover the public's perception about education you recieve online, versus going to a traditional brick-and-mortar classroom. 

We surveyed Americans on their knowledge and perception regarding choices available for education, mainly Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). 25-34 year-olds were more likely than any other age group to have heard about MOOCs (73% versus 22% 18-24, 26% 35-44). 

 Some additional findings from the survey included:

  • 25-34 year-olds were more likely to register for MOOCs within the next 12 months (94% somewhat – extremely likely).
  • Among those 25-34, the primary reason for registering for a MOOC was to “prepare for a career”, as opposed to most other age groups taking a MOOC “just for fun”
  • Respondents answered differently when asked about MOOCs versus “online education” – most adults stated online education is “somewhat effective or just as effective compared to a classroom experience”, although MOOCs were thought to be a better experience than classroom education
  • When asked whether an undergraduate education could be replaced by MOOCs, 82% of adults felt it could be entirely replaced, whereas only 57% of adults aged 35-44 felt the same
  • In terms of a graduated education, 79% of adults aged 25-34 felt that 60-100% of MOOCs could replace it entirely, whereas only 55% of adults aged 35-44 felt the same


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