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Pages: 8310-8319
Publication year: 2016
ISBN: 978-84-608-5617-7
ISSN: 2340-1079
doi: 10.21125/inted.2016.0940

Conference name: 10th International Technology, Education and Development Conference
Dates: 7-9 March, 2016
Location: Valencia, Spain

MOOCS TO PROVIDE 21ST CENTURY SKILLS: LEARNERS PERSPECTIVE

D. Gamage, I. Perera, S. Fernando

University of Moratuwa (SRI LANKA)
Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC) are trending and became the “buzz word” in online learning since 2012. Although cMOOC (Connectivist MOOC) was existed since 2008, xMOOC are becoming more popular while attracting many online students. xMOOCs in particular has common pedagogical features such as small chucked videos, quizzes, peer and self-assessments and forums. Although the design may vary with in the MOOC platform and also among the MOOCs platforms, researchers claim that it provides a sound pedagogical model and at some point reach higher gains in learning than in a face to face classroom. However, it is still sceptical for some researchers, whether the model delivers the knowledge and the skills required to meet the challenges in 21st century. 21st Century skills are defined by many organizations yet commonly agreed upon skills, such as Collaboration, Communication, Creativity and Innovation. Timely we are moving from industrial society to information base society. It is important that students equip with the skills needed in the information base society. At a massive number of enrolments in MOOCs, it is even vital to understand whether participants are gaining the skills required for future challenges. However, currently with the higher rate of emerging MOOCs into the field, it is facing quality challenges. Meeting the 21st century skill requirement is one of the challenges and research works lack towards this direction due to the fact that MOOC is still an emerging phenomena. Nevertheless, our research focused to identify whether the MOOCs are providing the 21st century skills from participants perspective. We conducted a survey using 391 MOOC participants and found that overall 78% of participants believe that MOOCs are lacking to provide the 21st skills. At the same time we conducted 30 semi-structured interviews in order to deepen the analysis. While analysing qualitative and qualitative statistics, we empathize the requirement of designing MOOCs where it will result participants with the not just mastery base skills but with well-timed skills to meet the challenges in 21st century.
@InProceedings{GAMAGE2016MOO,
author = {Gamage, D. and Perera, I. and Fernando, S.},
title = {MOOCS TO PROVIDE 21ST CENTURY SKILLS: LEARNERS PERSPECTIVE},
series = {10th International Technology, Education and Development Conference},
booktitle = {INTED2016 Proceedings},
isbn = {978-84-608-5617-7},
issn = {2340-1079},
doi = {10.21125/inted.2016.0940},
url = {http://dx.doi.org/10.21125/inted.2016.0940},
publisher = {IATED},
location = {Valencia, Spain},
month = {7-9 March, 2016},
year = {2016},
pages = {8310-8319}}
TY - CONF
AU - D. Gamage AU - I. Perera AU - S. Fernando
TI - MOOCS TO PROVIDE 21ST CENTURY SKILLS: LEARNERS PERSPECTIVE
SN - 978-84-608-5617-7/2340-1079
DO - 10.21125/inted.2016.0940
PY - 2016
Y1 - 7-9 March, 2016
CI - Valencia, Spain
JO - 10th International Technology, Education and Development Conference
JA - INTED2016 Proceedings
SP - 8310
EP - 8319
ER -
D. Gamage, I. Perera, S. Fernando (2016) MOOCS TO PROVIDE 21ST CENTURY SKILLS: LEARNERS PERSPECTIVE, INTED2016 Proceedings, pp. 8310-8319.
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