Wednesday, 13 May 2015

#emoocs2015 Self-Directed Learning in trial #FutureLearn courses #SDL

Sharing latest paper on self-directed learning. This paper will be presented on Tuesday, 19 May 2015 at the eMOOCs2015 conference in Mons, Belgium at 11.00 o'clock in auditorium 3. The full programme can be found here.

Full paper is available here (Academia).

Abstract of the paper:
Self-Directed Learning (SDL) in Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC) is gaining interest, as online learning is increasingly learner-centred and autonomous. Most SDL research starts from the premise that SDL happens more frequently in connectivism MOOC (cMOOC) than in the more instructor-led MOOCs. In this study the authors look at SDL experiences from learners enrolled in two MOOC courses during the early trials of the FutureLearn platform. The meaning and experiences of the phenomenon of being enrolled as a learner in FutureLearn was gathered through various research instruments (online survey, learning logs, one-on-one interviews). The resulting data was collected pre-, during, and post-course. The key categories for each sub-question of the research are shared in the results and analysis section. This study concluded that SDL is indeed taking place in FutureLearn courses, which points towards SDL happening beyond the connectivist MOOCs.