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Instructional quality of massive open online courses (MOOCs)

TitleInstructional quality of massive open online courses (MOOCs)
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsMargaryan, A., Bianco M., & Littlejohn A.
PublisherComputers & Education
Volume80
Start Page77
IssueJanuary 2015
Pagination77 - 83
Date Published01/2015
ISSN03601315
Keywordsdistributed learning environments, evaluation methodologies, Lifelong Learning, pedagogical issues
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.

URLhttp://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S036013151400178X
DOI10.1016/j.compedu.2014.08.005
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Short TitleComputers & Education
Refereed DesignationRefereed
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