Setting-up a European Cross-Provider Data Collection on Open Online Courses

  • Marco Kalz Open University of the Netherlands
  • Karel Kreijns Open University of the Netherlands
  • Jaap Walhout
  • Jonatan Castaño-Munoz Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (IPTS)
  • Anna Espasa Universitat Oberta de Catalunya
  • Edmundo Tovar Technical University Madrid
Keywords: distance education, open learning, MOOCs,

Abstract

While MOOCS have emerged as a new form of open online education around the world, research is stilling lagging behind to come up with a sound theoretical basis that can cover the impact of socio-economic background variables, ICT competences, prior experiences and lifelong learning profile, variance in intentions, environmental influences, outcome expectations, learning experience and economic return on taking and completing Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). The potential diversity of participants of MOOCs has been taken as a starting point to develop a theoretical model and survey instrument with the goal to establish a large-scale, cross-provider data collection of participants of (European) MOOCs. This article provides and overview of the theoretical model begin the project and reflects about first experiences with the cross-provider data collection.

Author Biography

Jaap Walhout
Open University of the Netherlands
Published
2015-12-03
How to Cite
Kalz, M., Kreijns, K., Walhout, J., Castaño-Munoz, J., Espasa, A., & Tovar, E. (2015). Setting-up a European Cross-Provider Data Collection on Open Online Courses. The International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning, 16(6). https://doi.org/10.19173/irrodl.v16i6.2150