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Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs): Participant activity, demographics, and satisfaction
Shrader, Sara · Wu, Maryalice · Owens-Nicholson, Dawn · Ana, Kathleen Santa

PublishedJune 2016
JournalOnline Learning
Volume 20, Issue 2, Pages 1-18

ABSTRACT
This paper examines activity patterns, participant demographics, and levels of satisfaction in multiple MOOC offerings at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign from August 2012—December 2013. Using the following guiding questions: “Who are MOOC participants, how do they participate, and were they able to get what they wanted out of the course?” we have uncovered unique patterns of engagement that correlate with certain demographic characteristics. Our analysis employed both qualitative and quantitative methods, and serves as a model for further studies seeking to uncover the significance of participant activity within MOOCs.

Keywords demographic and participation patterns · learning analytics · MOOCs

ISSN2472-5730
Other number2
RefereedYes
RightsOpen Access Policy This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.
DOI10.24059/olj.v20i2.596
URLhttps://olj.onlinelearningconsortium.org/index.php/olj/article/view/596
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