The Quality of Open Online Learning and Education: Towards a Quality Reference Framework for MOOCs

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    Abstract

    This paper aims to address the quality issues of open online education and learning with a focus on MOOCs. Specifically, our research goal is to develop a Quality Reference Framework (QRF) with quality indicators and tools in close collaboration with all interested stakeholders worldwide. Based on a rigorous literature review and analysis of existing quality approaches and quality indicators for MOOCs, the Global MOOC Quality Survey was designed targeting at three core interest groups: MOOC learners, MOOC designers and MOOC facilitators. A total of n=267 took part in the survey. The survey results were complemented with 45 semi-structured interviews with MOOC designers, facilitators and providers. This mixed method research was selected to provide a more coherent picture and analysis of the quality issues of MOOCs by investigating them from diverse and different perspectives. This paper presents first results from the survey and semi-structured interviews, the first QRF draft and the feedback gained from workshops at international conferences.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationRethinking learning in the digital age. Making the Learning Sciences Count: The International Conference of the Learning Sciences (ICLS) 2018
    Subtitle of host publication13th International Conference of the Learning Sciences (ICLS) 2018
    EditorsJudy Kay, Rosemary Luckin
    PublisherInternational Society of the Learning Sciences
    Pages1029-1032
    Number of pages4
    Volume2
    ISBN (Electronic)978-1-7324672-1-7, 978-1-7324672
    Publication statusPublished - 2018
    Event13th International Conference of the Learning Sciences : Rethinking learning in the digital age: Making the Learning Sciences count - UCL Institute of Education in London, London, United Kingdom
    Duration: 23 Jun 201827 Jun 2018
    https://www.isls.org/icls/2018/icls2018.com/index.html

    Conference

    Conference13th International Conference of the Learning Sciences
    Abbreviated titleICLS 2018
    Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
    CityLondon
    Period23/06/1827/06/18
    OtherPart of the London Festival of Learning in London, UK
    Internet address

    Keywords

    • Open Online Education
    • learning quality
    • Quality Reference Framework
    • MOOCs
    • MOOQ
    • International Conference of the Learning Sciences
    • Pedagogical Model
    • Online Education
    • learning design

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