Over the last four years, massive online open courses (MOOCs) have attracted millions of learners from around the world. Many factors seem to play an important role in them gaining in popularity. One of them is definitely risk-free participation, and another one – the chance to learn from free educational materials developed by some of the most distinguished professors from world-famous universities. However, probably the most significant factor contributing to their success is a highly motivating environment built around instructivist, constructivist, constructionist and connectivist principles. This paper aims to analyse the main motivators that engage students participating in MOOCs whose instructional design is based on a blend of pedagogical approaches.
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