Friday Puzzler: Why Are Most Online Courses Taught By Men?
Lisa Martin and I have an op-ed in today’s LA Times about the explosion of online courses offered by American universities. We find this very exciting, because it means that students in every country with internet service will suddenly have access to knowledge and training that used to be beyond their reach.
We noticed, however, a pattern that we found puzzling. Almost all of the online classes offered are taught by male instructors. Even in fields where women are the majority of doctoral recipients and recent faculty hires — such as the humanities — the vast majority of classes offered by consortium like Coursera are taught by men.
So Friday’s puzzler is this: Why are the hundreds of college-level classes being offered online disproportionately taught by men?
Answers to last week’s puzzler:
On January 11th I asked why Hamas has never directed its attacks against the United States, Israel’s closest ally. Janusz’s answer was better than anything I could have written: “As Hamas is a strategic actor, it realized from the beginning that attacking the US, Europe or other states does not yield any benefit but entails high costs and may be a hindrance in achieving its goal.” Thanks to all for contributing.