I was curious about the interplay between MOOCs and top schools, so I partitioned MOOC participants into people who had attended top schools vs. people who hadn’t. When I did that, something startling emerged. For people who attended top schools, completing Udacity or Coursera courses didn’t appear to matter. However, for people who did not, the effect was huge, so huge, in fact, that it dominated the board.In addition, she added: "Interviewees who attended top schools performed significantly worse than interviewees who had not attended top schools but HAD taken a Udacity or Coursera course."
[caption id="attachment_138456" align="aligncenter" width="1000"] MOOC classes let you learn at your own pace.[/caption] If there’s a stigma surrounding Massive Open Online Classes (MOOCs), it's that they’re for people who didn’t or don’t want to go to universities. A new study shows that, while there’s a bit of truth in that assumption, university graduates are supplementing their expensive education with online coursework. Buried towards the end of interviewing.io's recent blog post on "lessons learned from 3,000 technical interviews," company co-founder Aline Lerner noted that MOOCs are utilized by those who haven’t gone to a traditional university (which we knew), but also that some courses are populated by people with four-year degrees. From the blog post (emphasis Lerner’s):