Drivers of MOOC Sustainability : A Comparison of the US and India

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1.1-1.8
Journal / PublicationInternational Journal of the Computer, the Internet and Management
Issue numberSP
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2015


Title12th International Conference on eLearning for Knowledge-Based Society
LocationSiam Technology College
Period11 - 12 December 2015


The dynamics of online teaching and learning have been transformed through the development of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), which are now available as a global commodity with access to an online computing device. This raises the question, whether the factors that drive MOOC sustainability in diverse socioeconomic country contexts differ across regions. The article examines this question through a review of the literature on MOOCs, shaped primarily by developments in the USA, and comparing the findings to implementation characteristics of MOOCs in India, identified based on expert opinions. Success factors for MOOCs are identified along four dimensions, (1) MOOC supply and stakeholders, (2) distribution channels, (3) intended learning outcomes and (4) the learning perspectives or demand for MOOCs within diverse contexts. Results point to the research need for formulation and validation of a differentiated MOOC success model, and the need for a careful understanding of regional, contextual characteristics to attain MOOC success in practice.

Research Area(s)

  • Contextualized Online Education, MOOCs, MOOC Success Factors, Sustainability