Global Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs)

Global Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs)

Proof Point

Cumulative number of MOOCs grew more than 241% annually from only six in 2011 to 9,400 in 2017, with 81 million cumulative enrollees

Global Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs)

2011 – 2017 (cumulative number of courses and millions of enrollees)

Proof Point Findings

  • Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) – Specialized courses delivered through online platforms, often completed at self-pace, offered by educational and training institutions
  • Exponential Launched Courses Growth – Cumulative number of courses grew more than 241% annually between 2011 and 2017, from six courses offered by Stanford in 2011 to 9,400 courses in 2017
  • Significant Increase of Enrollees – Cumulative number of individuals registered to at least one MOOC increased from 160,000 in 2011 to estimated 81 million by 2017, representing annual growth of 182%
  • Key Adoption Drivers – Include growing number of platforms offering courses in local languages, continuous diversification and expansion of topic coverage, heightening demand for up-to-date and highly-specialized skills, and increasing internet penetration, particularly in emerging markets
  • MOOCs Benefits – Include making high-quality educational courses more accessible and affordable, enabling lifelong learning outside formal educational institutions, and helping professionals continuously build skills


Market Disruption




Date Last Updated

October 18, 2018

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