Are MOOC learning designs culturally inclusive (enough)?

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Rogaten, Jekaterina  ORCID logo
Kizilcec, René F 

jats:titleAbstract</jats:title>jats:secjats:titleBackground</jats:title>jats:pExtensive research on massive open online courses (MOOCs) has focused on analysing learners' behavioural trace data to understand navigation and activity patterns, which are known to vary systematically across geo‐cultural contexts. However, the perception of learners regarding the role of different learning design elements in sustaining their engagement in the course is still unclear.</jats:p></jats:sec>jats:secjats:titleObjectives</jats:title>jats:pThis study aimed to examine learners' perception of learning design elements in MOOCs and explore the ways in which these perceptions differ between geo‐cultural contexts.</jats:p></jats:sec>jats:secjats:titleMethods</jats:title>jats:pWe conducted interviews with 22 learners from seven geo‐cultural regions to gather insights into their learning design preferences.</jats:p></jats:sec>jats:secjats:titleResults</jats:title>jats:pOur findings indicate that learners from regions such as South Asia exhibit a strong inclination towards video‐based content and a lesser preference for reading textual resources. In contrast, learners from regions such as Anglo‐Saxon demonstrate a high preference for reading texts such as articles and video transcripts.</jats:p></jats:sec>jats:secjats:titleConclusion</jats:title>jats:pThe observed variations in self‐reported interests in various learning design elements raise intriguing questions about the nature and extent of participation of various geo‐cultural groups. This study underscores the need to develop inclusive MOOC designs and implement learning analytics approaches that adapt to the cultural preferences of learners.</jats:p></jats:sec>


Funder: Leverhulme Trust, Open World Learning; doi:

Funder: Open World Learning


39 Education, 3904 Specialist Studies In Education, Mental health, 4 Quality Education
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Journal of Computer Assisted Learning
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