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What are the expectations of disabled learners when participating in a MOOC?

Iniesto, Francisco; McAndrew, Patrick; Minocha, Shailey and Coughlan, Tim (2017). What are the expectations of disabled learners when participating in a MOOC? In: L@S '17 Proceedings of the Fourth (2017) ACM Conference on Learning @ Scale, ACM, New York, NY, USA, pp. 225–228.

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Massive Online Open Courses (MOOCs) are making low cost learning opportunities available at large scale to diverse groups of learners. For that reason, MOOCs need to be accessible so that they can offer flexibility of learning and benefits to all. In order to direct efforts towards developing accessible MOOCs, it is important to understand the current expectations of disabled learners. Analysis of data from MOOC surveys that support disclosure of disability provide quantitative information such as the proportions participating in MOOCs; their reasons for participating, and the types of MOOCs they prefer. This paper presents analysis of pre- and post-study survey data from eight MOOCs offered by the UK’s Open University on the FutureLearn platform. Results from disabled learners are compared with those of other learners and preliminary findings are used to frame an agenda for our further work.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item
Copyright Holders: 2017 The Authors
ISBN: 1-4503-4450-X, 978-1-4503-4450-0
Project Funding Details:
Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
Open World LearningDS-2014-077LEVERHULME The Leverhulme Trust
GO-GN phase 2#2016-3844Hewlett Foundation
Keywords: MOOC; instructional design; eLearning; universal design; accessibility
Academic Unit/School: Learning and Teaching Innovation (LTI) > Institute of Educational Technology (IET)
Learning and Teaching Innovation (LTI)
Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS)
Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) > Computing and Communications
Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
Research Group: Centre for Research in Computing (CRC)
Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)
Health and Wellbeing PRA (Priority Research Area)
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Item ID: 48666
Depositing User: Francisco Iniesto
Date Deposited: 06 Mar 2017 16:06
Last Modified: 02 May 2019 13:54
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