Developing Self-Efficacy through a Massive Open Online Course on Study Skills
Open Praxis Volume 9, Number 3, ISSN 1369-9997 e-ISSN 1369-9997 Publisher: International Council for Open and Distance Education
Self-efficacy is a strong predictor of academic performance, and an area of interest for higher education institutions. This paper reports on a massive open online course (MOOC) on study skills, aimed at increasing self-efficacy. Participants (n=32) were from Mexico and Colombia, with ages ranging from 21 to 45 years. At the beginning and the end of the MOOC, learners answered a survey that included the General Self-Efficacy Scale, items on specific study skills, and space for optional comments. Findings show statistically significant increases in general self-efficacy after completing the MOOC, as well as in the perceived self-efficacy related to five out of six study skills. Comments suggest that participants are aware of and value their own improvement. For students, MOOCs can represent low-risk, formative opportunities to widen their knowledge and increase their self-efficacy. For academic institutions, well-designed MOOCs on study skills provide a means to support students.
Padilla Rodriguez, B. & Armellini, A. (2017). Developing Self-Efficacy through a Massive Open Online Course on Study Skills. Open Praxis, 9(3), 335-343. International Council for Open and Distance Education.
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