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MOOCs - Massive Open Online Courses: Researching MOOCS

This LibGuide provides information relevant to various aspects covering MOOCs. Please also take a look at the LibGuide on Open Educational Resources

Research done on MOOCS

The dramatic increase in online education, particularly Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), presents researchers, academics, administrators, learners, and policy makers with a range of questions as to the effectiveness of this format of teaching and learning.

To date, the impact of MOOCs has been largely disseminated through press releases and university reports.

The peer-reviewed research on MOOCs has been minimal.

The proliferation of MOOCs in higher education requires a concerted and urgent research agenda.

The links below may be useful.

Finding South African theses / dissertations

Use the following resources to find completed research on various aspects of MOOCs. Most of these resources are in full-text format.  Use various keyword combinations relating to the topic, for example :

  • MOOCs
  • MOOCs AND Higher Education
  • Massive Open Online Course*

Finding international theses/dissertations

 Use the following resources to find completed research on various aspects of MOOCs. Most of these resources are in full-text format.  Use various keyword combinations relating to the topic, for example :

  • MOOCs
  • MOOCs AND Higher Education
  • Massive Open Online Course*

Why completed dissertations and theses are useful

Completed dissertations and these are useful for identifying research opportunities and for generating reading lists as a point of departure on your research journey.