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A Comparative Analysis of MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) Platforms


  • Maria CONACHE
  • Ramona DIMA
  • Andreea MUTU


The MOOC platforms have known a considerable development in recent years due to the enlargement of online space and the shifting between traditional to virtual activities. These plat-forms made it possible for people almost everywhere to take online academic courses offered by top universities via open access to web and with unlimited participation. Thus, it came naturally to us to address the question what makes them so successful? The purpose of this paper is to report comparatively MOOC platforms in terms of features, based on the user’s implication and demands. First, we chose four relevant lifelong learning platforms and then we structured three main categories for the platforms' qualification, depending on which we built our theory regarding the comparison between them. Our analysis consists of three sets of criteria: business model, course design and popularity among online users. Starting from this perspective, we built a range of representative factors for which we highlighted the major aspects for each plat-form in our comparative research

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  • Maria CONACHE & Ramona DIMA & Andreea MUTU, 2016. "A Comparative Analysis of MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) Platforms," Informatica Economica, Academy of Economic Studies - Bucharest, Romania, vol. 20(2), pages 4-14.
  • Handle: RePEc:aes:infoec:v:20:y:2016:i:2:p:4-14

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    1. Martín Bustamante-León & Paúl Herrera & Luis Domínguez-Granda & Tammy Schellens & Peter L. M. Goethals & Otilia Alejandro & Martin Valcke, 2022. "The Personalized and Inclusive MOOC: Using Learning Characteristics and Quality Principles in Instructional Design," Sustainability, MDPI, vol. 14(22), pages 1-17, November.


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