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Massive Open Online Classes (MOOCs) have stormed the online education landscape over the past five years and show no sign of disappearing. Though studies have been done about the characteristics of online or distance education students, the characteristics of MOOC students are less known to researchers beyond demographics and participation statistics. Likewise, the implications of MOOC's for librarians who will need to support this new community of are widely unknown. A survey of learning preferences,motivations, and resource needs and uses of MOOC students in the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's Metadata MOOC in Fall 2013 determined that, though learning preferences exist, participants enrolled in this course were predominantly Independent and Participant with similar needs across learning styles despite different learning preferences. Participants are also motivated by professional interest and intellectual curiosity and would welcome additional materials in order to further explore MOOC topics.