On Thursday, January 30th, Justin Reich will present “Motivation and MOOCs: How Student Expectations Shape Learning in Open Online Settings.” Justin currently works as a HarvardX Research Fellow for Harvard University. He is an educational researcher on the front lines of understanding how students use MOOCs.
In this talk, he will share cutting edge research on student motivation and MOOCs. This work has recently been accepted for journal publication and includes findings based on the first ten HarvardX courses .
To serve learners well, educators need to understand students’ motivations. This is especially important in MOOCs, where audiences can be far more diverse than typical residential college classrooms. In this presentation, Justin Reich will share emerging findings from a study that examines participant motivation across the first ten HarvardX courses, to develop a grounded framework of student motivation and examine how motivation affects student activity, performance and persistence. By triangulating open survey responses, fixed-anchor survey responses, and log and assessment data from the edX platform, we can gain new insights into explore how the rationales for registering for a MOOC relate to students’ experience and effort.