MOOC Research

One of the things I most enjoy about this project is the opportunity it provides to talk to journalists and researchers thinking about and writing about all of the intriguing changes currently underway in higher education and technology-based learning.

And one of those researchers contacted me last week to see if Degree of Freedom readers who have taken one or more MOOC courses could help out with some survey-based data gathering that will be used to support a dissertation on level-of-value associated with MOOC courses.

That request appears below and I’ve already filled out the survey.  The only thing I’d note is that the survey is based on your opinion of a single MOOC course, recommending you submit responses about your most recently completed course if you’ve taken more than one.  And since the course I’ve most recently completed (edX’s Greek Hero, which I’ll be reviewing in today’s Degree of Freedom News) was one of my most satisfying, my numbers ended up skewing higher than they would if I had been asked to provide input that averaged my experience taking close to two dozen courses since the year began.

But them’s the rules, so I recommend anyone who has taken a MOOC click on the survey link and put the few minutes into Jamie’s project to help generate some data regarding personal attitudes towards this important research subject:

My name is Jamie Morrison and I am a current MSc student, studying E-Business in the UK, at Newcastle University.

I am currently working on my dissertation, which is to be based around higher education. More specifically; if openly available online education, such as Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC’s) are able to offer students a greater level of value than that of a traditional campus university education.

In order to attempt to find out which platform of higher education is able to offer the most value, I am utilising a model of value measurement devised by Cronin, Brady & Hult (2000) whereby, I will measure sacrifice, service quality performance, service value, satisfaction and behavioural intentions from both MOOC participants and students who have or are experiencing a traditional campus university education.

By completing this short questionnaire you are helping me achieve my research. The questionnaire itself is made up entirely of closed questions, so no writing involved. It should take between 2 and 4 minutes to complete and is completely anonymous.

Here is the link to complete the questionnaire:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1by9mCjjuFFmRZNxWl–yI2_LaYrvmXP7wzI97YXCOXY/viewform

Thank you for your time.

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