Online Course Production and University Internationalization: Correlation Analysis

  • Ulyana S. ZakharovaEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 11475)


Universities which produce massive open online courses (MOOCs) and offer them on global e-learning platforms define internationalization as one of their main objectives. Empirical research that test the impact of MOOC production on international students’ enrollment is still rare. Present study is the first stage of bridging this gap. To do so, correlation analysis is applied to two data sets, which are universities MOOC portfolio derived from Class Central aggregator and international students statistics from QS World Universities Ranking. Three hundred top MOOC producers which are universities from different countries were analyzed. No strong statistically significant correlation was found. The same is true for the US universities as a subsample. Further research regarding annual statistics is required to continue the discussion and to approach the interrelation between MOOC production and its impact on university key performance indicators.


Massive open online course MOOC production International students University internationalization ICT in higher education Correlation analysis 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Higher School of EconomicsMoscowRussia

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