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First day stands out as most popular among MOOC leavers

Nazir, Usman, Davis, Hugh and Harris, Lisa (2015) First day stands out as most popular among MOOC leavers At 2015 International Conference on Learning and Teaching (ICLT 2015), Singapore. 25 - 26 Mar 2015. 5 pp.

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The open nature of MOOCs poses new challenges for educators to engage students in their learning. It defies the traditional classroom bound learning and demands new measures to be taken that would help keep students engaged in the course. This paper studies the enrolment data of three MOOCs offered on Future Learn in 2013/14 and identifies that at any given day in its lifecycle the highest number of students leave the course on the very first day they join it. Hence, it proposes strategies such as buddying, feedback and briefing to facilitate students to stay on board and engage with the course for maximum benefit possible.

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Published date: March 2015
Venue - Dates: 2015 International Conference on Learning and Teaching (ICLT 2015), Singapore, 2015-03-25 - 2015-03-26
Keywords: distance education, e-learning, MOOCs dropout rates, MOOCs engagement
Organisations: Southampton Business School


Local EPrints ID: 378578
PURE UUID: 02e46a24-b7df-4e71-b59e-5b0cc2d8620a
ORCID for Hugh Davis: ORCID iD

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Date deposited: 30 Jun 2015 15:55
Last modified: 17 Jul 2017 20:51

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Author: Usman Nazir
Author: Hugh Davis ORCID iD
Author: Lisa Harris

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