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Communication, Media & Learning Technologies Design

In the Department of Mathematics, Science & Technology

Instructional Design Features of Current Massive Online Open Course and Revisions

Jing Zhang, M.A. in Instructional Technology and Media

Since its first appearance in 2008, Massive Online Open Course (MOOC) has attracted millions of students from around the world. Several studies have shown that the enrollment for MOOC is high; nevertheless, the completion rate is relatively low. A lack of thoughtful instructional design is one major problem that leads to an unsatisfactory online learning experience, and this may ultimately lead to the low completion rate for MOOC. In order to offer remediation for the current situation, this paper addresses four learning theories, including motivation, self-directed learning, constructivism, and multimedia learning, which could provide guidance on the instructional design of MOOC. Further, it investigates two MOOC courses with their current instructional design features. Last, the paper discusses a proposed solution for redesigning the courses, which includes more functionalities and instructional design features.


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