The World of MOOCs for a Child: The Case of Dino 101
Thursday, April 16 3:40 PM-4:00 PM Location: S3
Abstract: This research asks, “What is it like for a school-age child to learn in a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC)”? Evidence suggested that a significant number of children and youth are participating MOOCs either independently or alongside their parents, both inside and outside the K-12 school system. Researchers have expressed some concerns regarding how these self-directed, massive learning environments may alter children’s and youth’s study patterns and habits. However, little scholarly attention has been devoted to this unique phenomenon. In particular, rigorous qualitative inquiry is needed to undercover the complex realities of children’s actual experiences in MOOCs. Our study analyzed lived experience descriptions gathered during interviews with ten children-parent couplets; each child had completed at least one MOOC. In this paper, we highlight several themes that arose in our existential analyses of the collected lived experience descriptions.