Abstract—Massive open online courses (MOOCs) are the
latest e-learning initiative to attain widespread popularity in the
world. Unfortunately, nearly all of these studies are built from
western insights. Thus, there is a need for a thematic and
practical analysis of related studies to bring a better
understanding of MOOCs with eastern insights. In this paper, a
study is conducted focusing on the use of MOOCs from the
eastern perspective. Our primary goal is to summarize the
motivations and challenges of using MOOCs, as well as to
identify issues that haven’t yet to be fully addressed or resolved.
In this paper, we employed different methodologies that
included the use of a questionnaire survey and activity data
analysis. The results of this study may enhance our
understanding of challenges of teaching and learning in MOOCs
and help educators develop MOOCs with eastern insights.
Index Terms—Eastern insights, human engagement, massive open online courses (MOOCs), motivations and challenges of MOOCs.
S.-H. Zhong, Q. B. Zhang, and Z. P. Li are with the Shen Zhen University, 518000, Shen Zhen, Guang Dong, China (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org).
Y. Liu is with the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, China (Corresponding author. e-mail: email@example.com).
Cite: Sheng-Hua Zhong, Qun-Bo Zhang, Zheng-Ping Li, and Yan Liu, "Motivations and Challenges in MOOCs with Eastern Insights," International Journal of Information and Education Technology vol. 6, no. 12, pp. 954-960, 2016.