Assessment in MOOCs: A Comparative Analysis
Abstract: Online education has seen steady growth since the mid-1990s (Allen & Seaman, 2013). A recent product of this growth has been touted as being capable of revolutionizing higher education - the Massively Open Online Course (MOOC). A MOOC has the potential to reach hundreds of thousands of learners enrolled for a variety of reasons (Jordan, 2014). One of these reasons is to gain credit for prior learning which may then be applied to a college degree (Sandeen, 2013). However, controversy surrounds the measurement, assessment, and accountability for learning in MOOCs from higher education (Reilly, Stafford, Williams, & Corliss, 2014). The purpose of this study was to analyze MOOCs to see how assessment is currently being done and compare the findings with the learning assessment methods and models being used in other accepted and successful distance learning, for-credit courses.
Presider: Henry Gillow-Wiles, Southern Oregon University