Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) aroused great interest in higher education access and constitute probably a major revolution within open learning and distance education.
A MOOC provides materials such as filmed lectures, readings, problems set, and quizzes, in a highly social and interactive environment. A typical MOOC duration is 8 weeks requiring a learner investment of 4 hours/week.
Since 2012, over 25 million people from around the world have enrolled in MOOCs. While only a small percentage of these millions were completing the courses, the typical learner is 41 years old, speaking English, graduated, employed, and lives in a developed country. He/She takes a MOOC for his/her career benefits.