Over the past six years the MOOC has whirled through the Gartner Hype Cycle – sparked into life by an innovation trigger (great idea!), travelled up the peak of inflated expectations (they’ll replace universities), down the trough of disillusionment (they’re not that good), ascended the slope of enlightenment (ah, we get it!), and is now bustling along the path of productivity.

Doing nicely, thank-you very much.

According to data collected by Class Central and reported in ed-tech resource platform EdSurge, last year 23 million people worldwide registered for a MOOC course for the first time ever, while the total number of students who signed up for at least one course was 58 million, up from some 35 million the previous year.

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