ERIC Number: EJ1076324
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Jul
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 17
Exploring the Instructional Value and Worth of a MOOC
MacDonald, Patrick; Ahern, Terence C.
Journal of Educational Computing Research, v52 n4 p496-513 Jul 2015
Technology offers new and innovative ways to deliver learning such as the Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). The MOOC offers institutes of higher education a potential delivery method for delivering online learning. This study utilized a qualitative method to gather and analyze an active observer's experience within a MOOC. The results aligned with the current literature, demonstrating that MOOCs have potential as an educational tool, but careful consideration should be placed in what a participant values and finds worthwhile. Findings indicate that creating a worthwhile experience includes consideration of time constraints, consistence in delivery, and audience analysis.
Descriptors: Delivery Systems, Online Courses, Electronic Learning, Open Education, Qualitative Research, Educational Technology, Educational Methods, Relevance (Education), Participant Observation, Usability, Journal Writing, Course Organization, Learning Activities, Educational Practices, Participation, College Programs
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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