The MOOC phenomenon: who takes massive open online courses and why?


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Massive open online courses (MOOCs) have commanded considerable public attention due to their sudden rise and disruptive potential. But there are no robust, published data that describe who is taking these courses and why they are doing so. As such, [it is] not yet [known] how transformative the MOOC phenomenon can or will be. [The authors] conducted an online survey of students enrolled in at least one of the University of Pennsylvania’s 32 MOOCs offered on the Coursera platform. The student population tends to be young, well educated, and employed, with a majority from developed...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Higher education; Teaching and learning; Providers of education and training; Technology; Participation; Students; Research; Statistics; Tertiary education; Economics

Keywords: Further education; Distance education; Distance learning; University; Online learning; Survey; Attitude; Analysis; Developed economy

Geographic subjects: North America; United States

Published: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: University of Pennsylvania, 2013

Physical description: [25] p.

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Also called: The massive open online course phenomenon

Statement of responsibility: G. Christensen, A. Steinmetz, B. Alcorn, A. Bennett, D. Woods, E. J. Emanuel

Resource type: Report, paper or authored book

Document number: TD/TNC 114.1230

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