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Experiences in MOOCs: The Perspective of Students

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American Journal of Distance Education Volume 27, Number 4, ISSN 0892-3647


The aim of this article was to examine the experiences of students who have participated in massive open online courses (MOOCs). The results of an initial Google blog search were narrowed down to a sample of twenty-one blog posts, each of which was written by a MOOC participant. Content analysis was applied to identify and classify blog comments into emergent themes (e.g., the relevance of type and length of course, student demographics, instruction/instructor interactive styles, and factors that impacted on the learning process) to develop a picture of their experiences. Overall, mixed feelings were expressed. Results provided a glimpse of the student experiences, including why students take such courses, what elements of their experience are positive, and what can be improved from the student point of view.


Zutshi, S., O'Hare, S. & Rodafinos, A. (2013). Experiences in MOOCs: The Perspective of Students. American Journal of Distance Education, 27(4), 218-227. Retrieved September 23, 2019 from .

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