Perspectives from African MOOC takers: understanding transitions in and out of learning and work

Janet Small and Andrew Deacon will present this CHED Research Seminar about the UCT MOOC project.

Please RSVP by 17:00 on Monday, 7 October 2019.

Our research focuses on the UCT MOOC project and explores the experience of adults looking for flexible online learning opportunities that intersect with university study. In this presentation we will describe the CHED FRC collaborative research project ‘Perspectives from African MOOC takers: understanding transitions in and out of learning and work’ which has been running since 2017, and go into some detail on one aspect - using MOOCs for professional development. We interviewed 58 people living in an African country who have taken a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) developed by the University of Cape Town. The interview data reveals diverse uses of MOOCs in workplace contexts. While only two of those we interviewed articulated a goal of making a career change, there were many more taking a MOOC for some form of self-development within their current profession. There were also cases where people had not yet identified a new career, but believed the knowledge and skills would support future transitions. Our intentions for exploring the expectations of MOOC takers regionally is to improve our understanding of how universities, following open practices, could support the educational aspirations of this audience through the provision of flexible online learning opportunities.

Wed, 09 Oct 2019 -
13:00 to 14:00

CHED Boardroom, Level 6, Huriǂoaxa (Hoerikwaggo) Building