Exploring Research Paradigms for MOOCs and Open Education
Tuesday, November 15 11:15 AM-12:15 PM Location: Edison D
Abstract: Have you noticed criticism that the research on MOOCs and open education tends to be haphazard and convenience based, rather than thoughtfully designed and strategic? MOOCs and open education have emerged in recent years as highly used yet controversial forms of learning delivery across various educational sectors. As a new phenomenon with the potential to address the escalating costs of education and alleviate the dire need for greater access to education, it is not surprising that there are considerable research efforts currently focused on exploring different ways in which MOOCs and other open forms of education can play a vital role in education. However, questions linger about the investigative approaches used to study these new strategies for learning delivery. In this session, Mimi Lee will examine the current status of topics and methodologies used in MOOCs and open education research. She will also address various challenges in this area while proposing suggestions for more innovative research methodologies for MOOCs and open research. Come to this talk and discover exciting new ways to conduct meaningful research on MOOCs and open education.