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The Adoption of Massive Open Online Courses: Challenges and Benefits

, Qatar University, Doha, Qatar ; , Yarmouk University, Irbid, Jordan

IJWLTT Volume 13, Number 4, ISSN 1548-1093 Publisher: IGI Global


This article explores the challenges and benefits of using Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). It also tried to understand the issues that would influence students' perceptions regarding MOOCs. The Study utilized the Theory of Reasoned Actions (TRA) to understand the factors influencing respondents' adoption of such environment. An empirical research was conducted using a survey to probe subjects” opinions. Results significantly supported the TRA and predicted the intention to use MOOCs. Perceived usefulness and social influence were significant predictors of MOOCs adoption, but ease of use failed to predict the intentions to use MOOCs. Challenges related to infrastructure, control and assessment were important to sample. Subjects indicated that time and place convenience are important contributions of MOOCs. The adoption of MOOCs would increase the opportunities of benefiting people who are busy, disadvantaged, and geographically remote. It reduces the cost for educational institutions, and attracts more people to acquire degrees and training.


Abu-Shanab, E. & Musleh, S. (2018). The Adoption of Massive Open Online Courses: Challenges and Benefits. International Journal of Web-Based Learning and Teaching Technologies, 13(4), 62-76. IGI Global. Retrieved February 17, 2019 from .