Who are Interested in Open Education? An Analysis of the Participants in the First MOOC of the IEEE Education Society

Rosa Cabedo, Edmundo Tovar, Sergio Martin, Martin Llamas, Manuel Caeiro, Oscar Martinez, Rebecca Strachan, Manuel Castro, Sorel Reisman

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Abstract

This paper performs a preliminary analysis of the first MOOC of the IEEE Education Society, an IEEE Free Online Course on Open Education and Open Educational Resources (OER) Repositories. The MOOC 'Foundations to Open Education and OERs repositories' is based on providing a comprehensive understanding both of Open Education and OERs, as well as the way they are changing the educational environment. The selection of participants' features from the MOOCKnowledge data collection mainly focuses on socio-demographic issues, previous experiences with MOOCs, usefulness of the MOOC to the participants' professional, personal and academic spheres, and types of student interaction. The preliminary results show that additional efforts are needed in order to boost the enrolment of both females and people with low level of completed studies, as well as increasing the level of awareness regarding certification. The results also reveal a positive impact of the course on the participants' professional and personal spheres. Finally, the most relevant interaction for them is the learner-content interaction. On the basis of these results it can be concluded that this MOOC offers an opportunity for practitioners to take advantage of the Open Education philosophy and its subsequent application to their everyday educational environment.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings - 2018 IEEE 42nd Annual Computer Software and Applications Conference, COMPSAC 2018
PublisherIEEE
Pages310-314
Number of pages5
Volume2
ISBN (Electronic)9781538626665
ISBN (Print)9781538626672
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 22 Jun 2018
Event42nd IEEE Computer Software and Applications Conference, COMPSAC 2018 - Tokyo, Japan
Duration: 23 Jul 201827 Jul 2018

Conference

Conference42nd IEEE Computer Software and Applications Conference, COMPSAC 2018
CountryJapan
CityTokyo
Period23/07/1827/07/18

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