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Thursday, April 26 • 13:15 - 13:40
MOOCs in Sri Lankan higher education system: Exploring students’ perspective in a developing country

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Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are not new anymore. Since 2012, xMOOCs started getting popular after introduction of Coursera, edX and Udacity. There are nearly 10 different popular MOOC platforms and nearly 2000 courses offered through MOOCs. Despite the concerned low-level completion rates, Universities and institutions invest on MOOCs expecting to be benefited to students around the world. There are studies to explore perceptions of MOOCs, in identifying what causes drop-outs and other problems of relating to MOOCs, yet in these studies, the majority of the students were representing students from developed countries. Fraction of the MOOC perspective is belonging to developing countries yet there are not enough studies conducted toward the direction. It is important that countries understand the potential of MOOCs and explore the impact it can create to the developing economy. Sri Lanka is South Asian island neighboring to India, With the growth of economy, country is seeking young population to equipped with the education and MOOCs could potentially be an option. However, students in higher education less likely see the potential of the new phenomena. In this study, we tried to understand the context of MOOCs from Sri Lankan students’ perspective. A systematic data collection method using multi agents to collect data in web based questionnaire and semi structured interviews were used. Data collected across 13 out 15 government universities and 10 out of 19 other institutes who are permitted to provide Degrees under university grant commission. Our objective was to understand students’ perception, awareness and identify satisfaction and limitations of using MOOCs and this will resemble the developing countries perspective. We will refine the abstract once we complete the data analysis and this paper will demonstrate data and present analysis of a systematic study.

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Dilrukshi Gamage

University of Moratuwa
Serial MOOCer, Trying to change the culture of instructivist learning to meaningful learning with peer connections. Building Human centered designs to facilitate collaboration.

Thursday April 26, 2018 13:15 - 13:40 CEST
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