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

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 countries. T ... Show more

Authors: Christensen, Gayle; Steinmetz, Andrew; Alcorn, Brandon; Bennett, Amy ... [+] Show more

Published: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, University of Pennsylvania, 2013

Resource type: Report, paper or authored book

Physical description: [25] p.

Access item: http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2350964

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