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What questions are MOOCs asking? An evidence-based investigation

Costello, Eamon orcid logoORCID: 0000-0002-2775-6006, Brown, Mark orcid logoORCID: 0000-0002-7927-6717 and Holland, Jane (2016) What questions are MOOCs asking? An evidence-based investigation. In: Fourth European MOOCs Stakeholders Summit (EMOOCS 2016), 22-24 Feb 2016, University of Graz, Graz, Austria. ISBN 9783739237107

Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) are a core building block of many MOOCs. In this exploratory study we analyze a sample of MCQs from a number of MOOCs and evaluate their quality. We conducted this analysis using a framework informed by a body of empirical research, which describes several common flaws that may occur in the way MCQs are written or phrased. Studies have shown that the presence of these flaws are likely to compromise the reliability and validity of tests containing these MCQs, potentially leading to poorer pedagogical outcomes. Through our study we contribute to the broad debate of whether MOOCs are a force that can enable enhanced and improved pedagogies or whether they will be susceptible to replicating existing poor pedagogies or practises at scale.
Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Event Type:Conference
Uncontrolled Keywords:MOOCs; Multiple Choice Questions; Tests; Quality
Subjects:Social Sciences > Distance education
Social Sciences > Educational technology
DCU Faculties and Centres:DCU Faculties and Schools > NIDL (National Institute for Digital Learning)
Published in: Proceedings of the EUROPEAN STAKEHOLDER SUMMIT on experiences and best practices in and around MOOCs (EMOOCS 2016). . ISBN 9783739237107
Official URL:http://emoocs2016.eu/
Use License:This item is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-Share Alike 3.0 License. View License
ID Code:21138
Deposited On:08 Apr 2016 09:48 by Fran Callaghan . Last Modified 16 Apr 2021 13:25

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