Journal article

A tale of two MOOCs: How student motivation and participation predict learning outcomes in different MOOCs

Abi Brooker, Linda Corrin, Paula de Barba, Jason Lodge, Gregor Kennedy

AUSTRALASIAN JOURNAL OF EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY | AUSTRALASIAN SOC COMPUTERS LEARNING TERTIARY EDUCATION-ASCILITE | Published : 2018

Abstract

Recent scholarly discussions about massive open online courses (MOOCs) highlight pedagogical and practical issues that separate MOOCs from other learning settings, especially how theories of learning translate to MOOC students' motivation, participation, and performance. What is missing from these discussions is the purpose of the MOOC. We report a comparative study of two MOOCs that differ in educational purpose, but are similar in design. Our sample consisted of 983 students in a professional development MOOC, and 648 students in a MOOC focused on general interest. We first report differences between the two MOOCs, in terms of student demographics, achievement motivation, and participation..

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