Motivations Matter, Context Counts: Learning in MOOCs

  Massive open online courses (MOOCs) require individual learners to be able to self-regulate their learning, determining when and how they engage. However, MOOCs attract a diverse range of learners, each with different motivations and prior experience. We carried out a number of  studies investigating self-regulated learning in MOOCs. One study (Littlejohn et al, 2015) was an empirical investigation of…

Managing time in a MOOC

Recently I have been thinking about how learners manage their time in MOOCs. This thinking was sparked by discussions with Carolyn Rose, Carnegie Mellon University, who has carried out some fascinating computational discourse analysis in  Massive Open Online Courses.  At face value its clear that better time management will lead to improved outcomes for learning. There has been a…

Qualified, self-regulated learners follow parts of a MOOC that helps them solve a problem

Understanding learning in Massive Open Online Courses is difficult, partly because methods and instruments for data collection are under-developed. Published work tends to be from data samples that are too small or skewed. Dropout rates in MOOCs mean that the learners who participate in studies show persistence, therefore samples are not representative. Even if this…

#MOOC certification, completion, and measures of success

In April 2015 am participating in a panel session at #OER15 led by @YishayMor and Laia Canals.  MOOCs enable new forms of organisation mediated by digital technology. However, governments, universities, educators and even learners still apply conventional metrics around learning, assessment, completion which limits the potential of #MOOCs. MOOC providers seem to be concerned with completion rates –…

OER for adult learning

            Overview and Analysis of Practices with Open Educational Resources in Adult Education in Europe    Published by the European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for Prospective Technological Studies on November 21, 2013  Authors: Isobel Falconer, Lou McGill, Allison Littlejohn, Eleni Boursinou, Claedonian Academy, Glasgow Caledonian University, UK Editors: Christine Redecker, Jonatan…