Educational Technology in Higher Education
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Instructional quality of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) | Anoush Margaryan, Manuela Bianco, Allison Littlejohn - Computers & Education

Abstract: We present an analysis of instructional design quality of 76 randomly selected Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). The quality of MOOCs was determined from first principles of instruction, using a course survey instrument. Two types of MOOCs (xMOOCs and cMOOCs) were analysed and their instructional design quality was assessed and compared. We found that the majority of MOOCs scored poorly on most instructional design principles. However, most MOOCs scored highly on organisation and presentation of course material. The results indicate that although most MOOCs are well-packaged, their instructional design quality is low. We outline implications for practice and ideas for future research.


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ғelιх c ѕeyғarтн's curator insight, November 19, 2014 8:37 AM
More of this kind of research is needed, although this article seems to follow the prevalent kind of thinking that groups different kind of learning activities which have chosen the #MOOC format into one genre, as if there was a genuine type. This does not appear to hold up to scrutiny. The finding that these MOOC formatted courses do not largely comply with the "instructional design principles" of e-learning but do excel in "organisation and presentation" instead, once combined with the fact that millions of learners flock to these very MOOC but could care less about conventional e-learning formats, leads one to reflect on the usefulness of said principles as analytical/evaluation tools and their scope as indicators of learning outcomes.
Anoush Margaryan, Manuela Bianco, Allison Littlejohn, Instructional quality of Massive Open Inline Courses (MOOCs), Computers & Education, Volume 80, January 2015, Pages 77-83, ISSN 0360-1315, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.compedu.2014.08.005.(via http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S036013151400178X)Keywords: Massive Online Open Courses; Distributed learning environments; Evaluation methodologies; Lifelong learning; Pedagogical issues
Antonio Bartolome's curator insight, November 20, 2014 2:56 AM

Estudio sobre 76 MOOCs: materiales bien construidos pero diseño instruccionar pobre.

Mariano Rico's curator insight, November 20, 2014 8:43 AM
Back to basic formation design. We learn by doing
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2013 E-learning Benchmarking Survey | The Tertiary Education Research Database

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ECAR Study of Undergraduate Students and Information Technology, 2013 - Infographic | EDUCAUSE.edu

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