Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Learner Behavior and Career Benefits in Massive Open Online Courses
by Trumbore, Anne M., Ed.D., University of Pennsylvania, 2020, 112; 27962747
Abstract (Summary)

A crisis narrative has emerged about the disruption of jobs by automation and artificial intelligence. Education to address the skills mismatch between business needs and existing workforce capabilities is seen as a critical component to ameliorating the more corrosive effects of this disruption. Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs)—which have been shown to provide career benefits for the employed, college educated worker—are seen as a possible solution to providing workforce education at scale. Although some research has shown career benefits from MOOC content and digital credentials, existing studies that link learning behaviors in MOOCs to career benefits have only been performed on single courses. This dissertation takes the form of a research study that uncovers correlations between learners’ interactions with course material and the career benefits that they earned across multiple MOOCs. The benefits of this research include understanding which learning behaviors can be encouraged to promote completion and career benefits from MOOCs, establishing new pathways for more inclusive course design, helping define the value of MOOC credentials to learners and employers, providing motivation to complete courses for learners, and uncovering new areas for further research.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Baker, Ryan S.
Commitee: Cappelii, Peter, Hollands, Fiona
School: University of Pennsylvania
Department: Chief Learning Officer
School Location: United States -- Pennsylvania
Source: DAI-A 81/12(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Adult education, Educational technology
Keywords: Adult learning, Career benefits, MOOCs
Publication Number: 27962747
ISBN: 9798662380660
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