MOOCs: free education for some

Adrian Norman, Lori Lockyer, Sue Bennett

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    This paper reports on a quantitative component of a larger explanatory sequential mixed-methods study, which investigated how people learned in MOOCs. Responses from an online survey were grouped together using the human development index for each respondent’s country. Statistical tests were then conducted to determine the demographic and motivational characteristics of these different groups. Findings indicate a large disparity in participation between developed and developing nations, and some differences in motivation but a similar level of education. These results suggest that it may be the well-educated from all nations who are taking most advantage of MOOCs.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of EdMedia
    Subtitle of host publicationWorld Conference on Educational Media and Technology 2015
    EditorsS. Carliner, C. Fulford, N. Ostashewski
    Place of PublicationUSA
    PublisherAssociation for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE)
    Number of pages6
    ISBN (Print)9781939797162
    Publication statusPublished - 2015
    EventEdMedia : World Conference on Educational Media and Technology - Montreal, Canada
    Duration: 22 Jun 201524 Jun 2015


    ConferenceEdMedia : World Conference on Educational Media and Technology
    CityMontreal, Canada


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