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Med Educ Online. 2018 Dec;23(1):1527624. doi: 10.1080/10872981.2018.1527624.

The development of medical MOOCs in China: current situation and challenges.

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a Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology , Medical School of Ningbo University , Ningbo , Zhejiang , China.


This study aimed to investigate the current situation and challenges on the development of medical massive open online courses (MOOCs) in China. A survey was constructed and the statistical analysis was adopted to evaluate the medical MOOCs. The results showed that the medical MOOC-related journal papers, conference papers, books and dissertations have risen dramatically over the past five years. In addition, the top 6 most representative MOOC platforms provide the majority (87%) of medical courses. The statistical analysis showed that PMPH-MOOC was the most influential medical MOOC platform in China. Compared to the foreign medical MOOCs, medical MOOCs in China were urgently in need of systemic planning, interaction activities and international certification. Overall, the findings suggest that the development of medical MOOCs for higher education has been achieved a great success along with a huge challenge.


Massive open online courses; certificate; higher education; impact; medicine

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