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MOOCs: Common Student Concerns

MOOCs: Common Student Concerns

by Meris Stansbury

eCampus News

Article excerpt

6 concerns students have about MOOCs

In a new qualitative data report, Communication Instructor Dr. Andrew Cole at Waukesha County Technical College and Dr. C. Erik Timmerman, associate professor at the Department of Communication at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, reveal the thoughts of one large university’s current college students toward MOOCs.

Our take

Credit, Communication and Quality Key Student Concerns Regarding MOOCs

Reliability of information and quality of content are two key concerns among college students asked about their opinions on MOOCs (massive open online courses) according to recent qualitative research. Perhaps not surprisingly, the most important means of gauging MOOCs legitimacy among students was the ability to receive course credit. Students were also concerned about a lack of communication options and the lack of instructor guidance when compared to their traditional learning experiences. What does this mean for your continued use or adoption of MOOCs?

The user experience must be foremost when adapting any form of technology for instruction. While this study suggests that the MOOC experience isn’t resonating with some students; these findings may hold value for educators considering, or currently using, alternative forms of delivery to ensure they are addressing potential barriers to adoption. Now is the time to begin assessing students’ interest in, and concern about, MOOCs, if they are or may become part of your delivery options.