By Lynn O'Shaughnessy. Massive open online courses, or MOOCs, have been heralded as a way to reach the disadvantaged, and particularly those without access to higher education in developing countries. 
A new study by the University of Pennsylvania that surveyed nearly 35,000 MOOC students, however, revealed that most of the individuals taking advantage of these online courses already have college degrees. Seventy nine percent of the students possessed a bachelor's degree and 44 percent had taken at least some graduate education courses. More...