Educational Technology

August 9, 2019

MOOC-Based Alternative Credentials: What’s the Value for the Learner?

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by Fiona Hollands and Aasiya Kazi, EDUCAUSE Review

The most commonly identified benefit expected as a result of participating in the MOOC-based course series was improving current job performance (see Table 2). Small percentages of participants were asked to take the courses by their employers: 1.4% of MicroMasters participants and 2.8% of Specialization participants. Approximately one-fourth of learners expected benefits of participation to include helping them start their own businesses, improving their applications to different jobs, and networking with other professionals. Few respondents identified job promotions and pay raises as the expected benefits, perhaps suggesting a group of learners with high levels of intrinsic motivation. In general, MicroMasters learners had higher expectations than Specialization learners regarding the benefits of participating in the series of courses.

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