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Understanding MOOCs as an Emerging Online Learning Tool: Perspectives From the Students
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, , , , , The University of Texas at Austin, United States ; , San Diego State University, United States

E-Learn: World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education, in Las Vegas, NV, USA ISBN 978-1-939797-05-6 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), San Diego, CA

Abstract

This study examined a MOOC in journalism from the students’ perspectives and intends to understand how MOOCs can be used as a learning tool. The participants were 5,000 students from 138 countries, who registered in the MOOC, Introduction to Infographics and Data Visualization. 409 participants responded to a survey. Two main reasons why people enrolled in this MOOC were personal interest and career development. The findings showed while the enthusiasm was high, the completion rate was low: only 0.4% completed all requirements to receive their certificate. The main reason for not completing the course was the lack of time. The majority of the participants felt they learned a lot from this MOOC and considered feedback from peers was helpful. Of the various types of learning materials provided, readings and video lectures were considered most useful while discussions and quizzes were less helpful. Findings of the study were discussed.

Citation

Liu, M., Kang, J., Cao, M., Lim, M., Ko, Y. & Weiss, A.S. (2013). Understanding MOOCs as an Emerging Online Learning Tool: Perspectives From the Students. In T. Bastiaens & G. Marks (Eds.), Proceedings of E-Learn 2013--World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education (pp. 2008-2015). Las Vegas, NV, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved May 22, 2019 from .

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