According to the AMDI research report by TASCHA and IREX:
- Low- and middle-income populations make up 80% of MOOC users, in contrast to wealthier populations reported elsewhere.
- More than 80% of MOOC users only have basic or intermediate ICT skills, challenging the belief that MOOCs are predominantly taken by people with higher-level skills.
- Women are more likely than men to complete a MOOC or obtain certification.
- The main motivations of MOOC users were found to be in gaining specific job skills (61%), preparing for additional education (39%), and obtaining professional certification (37%).
- Among nonusers, lack of time (50%) was by far the largest barrier to MOOC participation. Lack of computer access (4%) or skills (2%) were not found to be barriers.