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Liyanagunawardena, Tharindu R; Parslow, Pat; Williams, Shirley (2014)
Languages: English
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Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) open up learning opportunities to a large number of people. A\ud small percentage (around 10%) of the large numbers of participants enrolling in MOOCs manage to finish the course\ud by completing all parts. The term ‘dropout’ is commonly used to refer to ‘all who failed to complete’ a course, and\ud is used in relation to MOOCs. Due to the nature of MOOCs, with students not paying enrolment and tuition fees,\ud there is no direct financial cost incurred by a student. Therefore it is debatable whether the traditional definition of\ud dropout in higher education could be directly applied to MOOCs. This paper reports ongoing exploratory work on\ud MOOC participants’ perspectives based on six qualitative interviews. The findings show that MOOC participants are\ud challenging the widely held view of dropout, suggesting that it is more about failing to achieve their personal aims.
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