Analysis of Factors Affecting Student Learning Outcomes in a MOOC by In-Depth Exploration of the Penn State “Creativity, Innovation, and Change” (CIC) Course

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COIL is proud to have supported the Analysis of Factors Affecting Student Learning Outcomes in a MOOC by In-Depth Exploration of the Penn State “Creativity, Innovation, and Change” (CIC) Course project through our Research Initiation Grant Program.

Abstract:

The Penn State CIC MOOC was delivered from September 1 through October 31, 2013, to 129,000 enrollees, which made it the sixth largest MOOC in history. Innovations in the course included: three categories of students (Tourists, Explorers, and Adventurers), short video lectures supplemented with other videos and subject matter in weekly “Idea Clouds”, inclusion of social media (Facebook, Google +, Linked-In, and Twitter), optional peer review, and an emphasis on team projects.

Extensive student information has been collected from pre- and post-course surveys, as well as student activity data on every element of the course from the Coursera platform. Discussion Forums will yield insights into how knowledge was acquired and applied.

The overall goals of the proposed research are to:

  1. Determine the major factors that lead to course completion (here defined as completion of either of two certificate tracks – Explorer or Adventurer)
  2. Use existing tools and develop new tools for analyzing the performance of the CIC MOOC and apply these tools to the other Penn State MOOCs, where possible.
  3. Use these research results to implement changes to the next CIC MOOC offering, scheduled for September-October, 2014.
  4. Disseminate findings from the research at conferences and in peer-reviewed journals.
  5. Use the research results in future research to compare factors that affect student achievement in the CIC MOOC course with the course delivered in blended and face-to-face formats.

Team:

  • Jack V. Matson, Emeritus Professor of Environmental Engineering, College of Engineering, Penn State University Park
  • Armend Tahirsylaj, Doctoral Candidate of Education Policy Studies, College of Education, Penn State University Park
  • Liang Zhang, Associate Professor of Education and Labor Studies, College of Education, Penn State University Park
  • Adnan Qayyum, Assistant Professor of Adult and Distance Education, College of Education, Penn State University Park
  • Bryan Mann, Doctoral Student of Education Policy Studies, College of Education, Penn State University Park
  • Bart Pursel, Affiliate Faculty of Information Sciences and Technology, College of Information Sciences and Technology, Penn State University Park
  • Kathryn Jablokow, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Engineering Design, College of Engineering, Penn State Great Valley
  • Darrell Velegol, Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering, College of Engineering, Penn State University Park

Contact:

Jack Matson HeadshotJack V. Matson
231F Sackett Building
University Park, PA 16802
jvm4@psu.edu
(814) 231-5253


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