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: firstname.lastname@example.org).
Deng Chunrao is with the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong (e-mail: email@example.com).
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.