CornellX: What we've learned about Epistemological beliefs, Motivation, Intent, and Achievement in a MOOC

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CornellX: What we've learned about Epistemological beliefs, Motivation, Intent, and Achievement in a MOOC

Patrice Torcivia Prusko will provide a presentation that will highlight what we’ve learned about student’s epistemological beliefs, motivation, intent and achievement of goals in a MOOC. The goal of this
presentation is to share and reflect with participants on what we can learn about how students learn and what truly motivates them.

Website: https://www.edx.org/school/cornellx
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Comment by Alexandra M. Pickett on April 29, 2015 at 3:44pm

"CornellX recently launched its first four MOOCs as part of the edX consortium.

The design, production and support were a team effort between Academic
Technologies, Center for Teaching Excellence, University Libraries and eCornell.
This presentation will highlight our observations with respect to intrinsic and extrinsic student motivation in a MOOC. Students in a traditional academic setting may be motivated by a desire to achieve a certain GPA to get a job or enter university or the fact they are paying for a course. What happens when the course is free and the outcome is not connected to earning a degree? We will explore our personal observations and how they compare to a traditional academic setting. The goal of this presentation is to share and reflect with participants on what we can learn about how students learn and what truly motivates them. What makes a highly motivated MOOC student? How does the course design, content and community impact student motivation? Is a successful MOOC student already self-motivated or do the content and design of the course enable the student to be self-motivated? How do the intentions of the student interact with motivation? We are interested in further exploring the relationship between a student’s epistemological beliefs, motivation, intent and achievement of goals in the MOOC.

We were surprised with the importance students placed on grades and earning a certificate. We wondered what value the certificate holds for the student. Is there
an “underground” community where students boast of how many certificates they’ve earned? Is achieving a certificate from an Ivy or top ranked university akin to earning a degree from one of those schools? What will the impact of posting certificates on LinkedIn have on motivation?

A MOOC lacks some of the traditional forms of extrinsic motivation:
• Earning a degree to get a job or go on to graduate school
• A financial investment in the cost of tuition
• Having a withdrawal or bad grade appear on your transcript

A MOOC does provide:
• A social learning experience
• A cross cultural experience
• The opportunity to form a personal learning network

A question we had is where is this motivation coming from? Are students intrinsically motivated based on years of experience in a traditional academic setting that places importance on a grade over simply learning content? How might the experience of our students been different had there been no certificate or graded homework questions. The students consistently spoke of the importance of their grade and the rigor of the course as something that was important to them. A challenge we faced was designing a course to meet the needs of students with a wide range of intentions: certificate seekers, auditors, and those who are just curious." - Patrice Torcivia Prusko

 

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