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Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs): A Comparative Analysis of the Main Platforms


  • Lidia Mihaela FUNIERU


  • Florin LAZAROIU



Massive open online courses have been recently introduced as a modern learning method mainly due to the great progress made in the fields of Information Technology and, moreover, the ever increasing number of technologies supported by the Internet. The rapidly growing diversity of MOOC providers and the popularity of this fast emerging learning option influenced this analysis to compare the main characteristics of the most popular MOOC platforms at this time, Coursera and edX. The platforms have been compared from both a technical and a user perspective and each detailed feature was graded based on its strengths and weaknesses.

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  • Lidia Mihaela FUNIERU & Florin LAZAROIU, 2016. "Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs): A Comparative Analysis of the Main Platforms," Informatica Economica, Academy of Economic Studies - Bucharest, Romania, vol. 20(2), pages 35-45.
  • Handle: RePEc:aes:infoec:v:20:y:2016:i:2:p:35-45

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    1. Paul POCATILU & Felician ALECU, 2014. "An UI Layout Files Analyzer for Test Data Generation," Informatica Economica, Academy of Economic Studies - Bucharest, Romania, vol. 18(2), pages 53-62.
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