Monday, 29 August 2016

Free research papers on #MOOC, OER & online education #elearning

A new, free, research filled issue of the Open Praxis journal just got published. In it you will find a paper co-authored with Aras Bozkurt, Nilg√ľn Ozdamar Keskin and myself entitled: "Research Trends in Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) Theses and Dissertations: Surfing the Tsunami Wave ", which I also loaded to academia.

Sharing abstract of our paper here:
Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) have attracted a great deal of attention by higher education and private enterprises. MOOCs have evolved considerably since their emergence in 2008, all the while given rise to academic discussions on MOOC impact, design and reach. In an effort to understand MOOCs more comprehensively, this study analyzes theses and dissertations (N = 51) related to MOOCs and published between 2008 and 2015, identifying research trends from these academic documents. Theses and dissertations within this research scope were gathered through a comprehensive search in multiple academic databases. For the purposes of the study, the research employed a systematic review approach. In order to reveal trends in research themes, emphasize theoretical/conceptual backgrounds, research designs and models, first a document analysis was used to collect data and this was followed by a content analysis. Our research findings indicate that MOOC research is generally derived from education, engineering and computer science, as well as information and communication technology related disciplines. Qualitative methodology linked to a case study research model is most common, and the theoretical/conceptual backgrounds are usually distance education related. Remarkably, nearly half of the studies didn’t benefit from any theoretical or conceptual perspectives. In sum, this study presents an evaluation regarding research trends derived from MOOC theses and dissertations, and provides directions for future MOOC research.

This Open Praxis issue contains six useful papers all covering research in the field of online education. The reason I like the Open Praxis journal that much, is because it really looks at international research (at least 25% of the references need to be from other regions than your own). This answers a bit of the concerns mentioned by Laura Czerniewicz, although she mentions the declining number of African-based research papers, I have a feeling similar trends occur with other non-western research papers. Open Praxis is one of the journals that tries to address this.

Research articles can be found here
Measuring the e-Learning Autonomy of Distance Education Students (191-201) by Mehmet Firat

Research Trends in Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) Theses and Dissertations: Surfing the Tsunami Wave (203-221) by         Aras Bozkurt,   Nilgun Ozdamar Keskin,  Inge de Waard

Exploratory study of MOOC learners’ demographics and motivation: The case of students involved in groups (223-233) by Rebecca Yvonne Bayeck

Incentives and barriers to OER adoption: A qualitative analysis of faculty perceptions (235-246) by Olga Maria Belikov and Robert Bodily

Sharing of Knowledge among Faculty in a Mega Open University (247-264) by Sujata Santosh and Santosh Panda

Examining Student Perception of an Open Statistics Book (265-276) by Barbara Sack Illowsky,  John Hilton III,        Justin Whiting, Jordan Dale Ackerman