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A performance profile of learner completion and retention in Australian VET MOOCs


Paton, Rachael and Scanlan, JD and Fluck, A, A performance profile of learner completion and retention in Australian VET MOOCs, Journal of Vocational Education and Training, 70, (4) pp. 581-599. ISSN 1363-6820 (2018) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2018 The Vocational Aspect of Education Ltd

DOI: doi:10.1080/13636820.2018.1463278


The uptake of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) has been substantial and they continue to flourish as an educational delivery model. Much of the available literature regarding student retention and completions in MOOCs comes from university-designed courses. The Vocational Education and Training (VET) sector has lagged behind its university counterparts as VET pedagogy relies heavily on skills acquisition and does not lend itself as easily to MOOC delivery. This paper analysed the attributes of 366,099 enrolled learners and 132,867 learners that were designated as ‘starters’ from 263 Australian universities, 27 transnational universities and 73 VET MOOCs to compare the differences in learning environments and to build a VET MOOC learner profile. The findings indicated that higher levels of VET MOOC learners were retained when compared to university MOOCs. It also revealed eight course design factors that may contribute to increased learner retention and completions for VET MOOCs.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:VET and development, access to HE, education and training assessment, higher education, learning in life and work transitions
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Curriculum and pedagogy
Research Field:Vocational education and training curriculum and pedagogy
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Other education and training
Objective Field:Other education and training not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Paton, Rachael (Mrs Rachael Paton)
UTAS Author:Scanlan, JD (Dr Joel Scanlan)
UTAS Author:Fluck, A (Associate Professor Andrew Fluck)
ID Code:125654
Year Published:2018
Web of Science® Times Cited:3
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2018-04-27
Last Modified:2021-10-26

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