Share Paper: Evaluation of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs): A Case Study

  1. Brenda Cecilia Padilla Rodríguez, University of Leicester, Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León, Mexico
  2. Terese Bird, University of Leicester, United Kingdom
  3. Gráinne Conole, University of Bath Spa, United Kingdom
Friday, April 17 12:15-12:45 PM S1

Abstract: In November 2013 and March 2014 the University of Leicester launched two 6-week Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) on the FutureLearn virtual learning environment: “England in the time of Richard III” and “Forensic science and criminal justice”. This paper reports on experience of delivering and evaluating these courses. Data sources included learning analytics and pre-course and post-course surveys. Over 22,000 people enrolled in the MOOCs. While participation tended to drop as the weeks progressed, learners’ feedback was generally positive. Students described the courses as interesting, enjoyable and informative. Results also highlight an increased openness towards online education, the role of ...