Students in free online courses study less than traditional students

June 17, 2015

A new survey of more than 4,500 MOOC participants indicates that students in free online courses don’t spend as much time on their homework as traditional PSE students. More than 55% of students taking free courses said that they studied for two to five hours each week, while 22% said they studied for six to 10 hours. In comparison, 43% of first-year US college students responding to a 2014 survey said they spent more than six hours per week studying. However, some have called into question the value of the data. Justin Roach, a Harvard University researcher who focuses on online education, noted that students who complete surveys about MOOCs may not be typical of most students enrolled in online courses. The Chronicle of Higher Education