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Title: Global MOOC Learners’ COVID Narratives: Pandemic, Purpose, and Core Questions of the Human Experience
Authors: Cradit, Nathaniel W.
Hayward, Caitlin
Keywords: Learning Sciences
Issue Date: 2023
Publisher: International Society of the Learning Sciences
Citation: Cradit, N. W. & Hayward, C. (2023). Global MOOC learners’ COVID narratives: Pandemic, purpose, and core questions of the human experience. In Blikstein, P., Van Aalst, J., Kizito, R., & Brennan, K. (Eds.), Proceedings of the 17th International Conference of the Learning Sciences - ICLS 2023 (pp. 1981-1982). International Society of the Learning Sciences.
Abstract: The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic caused many to reconsider their life’s purpose and contributions. Massive open online courses provide an accessible avenue to explore knowledge safely at home. In this study, 70 learners from 28 nations on six continents were interviewed about their goals and the outcomes of their participation in MOOCs offered by a large US university. Learners shared deeply personal narratives of the ways open learning expanded a sense of possibility, redefined self-purpose, and offered flexible learning opportunities, demonstrating MOOCs’ value beyond access, toward expansion of human capability.
Description: Poster
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