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IJIET 2016 Vol.6(4): 262-268 ISSN: 2010-3689
DOI: 10.7763/IJIET.2016.V6.697

Influencing Factors of Success and Failure in MOOC and General Analysis of Learner Behavior

Laxmisha Rai and Deng Chunrao

Abstract—In this paper, we argue that, success and failures in online learning is mostly depending on personal factors rather than factors influenced by the surroundings or the external environment. Students’ individual behavior plays an important role in learning. However, this may not be the case in classroom-based learning or time-tested traditional practices of learning, where multiple students learn together, as well as teachers influence the underperforming students to perform better. In this paper, we explore comparisons between learner behavior in hierarchical individual mode or traditional classroom learning and in online courses such as Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC). MOOC learning belongs to the distributed individual mode of learning. The study is based on analyzing the learner’s interests and understanding within such modes. The information is gathered based on results available since the introduction of MOOC from the reputed universities in the world and on the general opinions derived from perspectives of MOOC learners.

Index Terms—MOOC, online, behavior, learning.

Laxmisha Rai is with the Shandong University of Science and Technology, Qingdao, 266590, P.R. China (e-mail: laxmisha@ieee.org).
Deng Chunrao is with the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong (e-mail: ccjdeng@hkcc-polyu.edu.hk).


Cite: Laxmisha Rai and Deng Chunrao, "Influencing Factors of Success and Failure in MOOC and General Analysis of Learner Behavior," International Journal of Information and Education Technology vol. 6, no. 4, pp. 262-268, 2016.

General Information

  • ISSN: 2010-3689 (Online)
  • Abbreviated Title: Int. J. Inf. Educ. Technol.
  • Frequency: Monthly
  • DOI: 10.18178/IJIET
  • Editor-in-Chief: Prof. Dr. Steve Thatcher
  • Executive Editor: Ms. Nancy Y. Liu
  • Abstracting/ Indexing: Scopus (CiteScore 2022: 2.0), INSPEC (IET), UGC-CARE List (India), CNKI, EBSCO, Google Scholar
  • E-mail: ijiet@ejournal.net


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