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Evaluating course completion, appropriateness and burden in the Understanding Multiple Sclerosis massive open online course: a cohort study

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Claflin, SB and Campbell, JA and Doherty, K and Farrow, M and Bessing, B and Taylor, BV, Evaluating course completion, appropriateness and burden in the Understanding Multiple Sclerosis massive open online course: a cohort study, Journal of Medical Internet Research ISSN 1439-4456 (2021) [Refereed Article]


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Abstract

Background: Massive open online course (MOOC) research is an emerging field; to date, most research in this area has focused on participant engagement.

Objective: Here, we evaluate both participant engagement and measures of satisfaction, appropriateness and burden for a MOOC entitled Understanding Multiple Sclerosis (MS) among a cohort of 3,518 international course participants.

Methods: We assessed the association of key outcomes with participant education level, MS status, caregiver status, sex and age using summary statistics, t-tests and chi square tests.

Results: Our key findings were: (1) the course was well received, with 97% of participants satisfied, with an appropriate pitch and low burden (a mean of 2.2 hours engagement per week); (2) people living with MS were less likely than those not living with MS to complete the course; (3) caregivers and participants without a university education were more likely to apply the material by course completion.

Conclusions: The Understanding MS MOOC is fit for purpose; it presents information in a way that is readily understood by course participants and is applicable in their lives.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:multiple sclerosis, health promotion
Research Division:Biomedical and Clinical Sciences
Research Group:Neurosciences
Research Field:Neurology and neuromuscular diseases
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Evaluation of health and support services
Objective Field:Health education and promotion
UTAS Author:Claflin, SB (Dr Suzi Claflin)
UTAS Author:Campbell, JA (Dr Julie Campbell)
UTAS Author:Doherty, K (Dr Kathleen Doherty)
UTAS Author:Farrow, M (Dr Maree Farrow)
UTAS Author:Bessing, B (Mr Barnabas Bessing)
UTAS Author:Taylor, BV (Professor Bruce Taylor)
ID Code:144803
Year Published:2021
Deposited By:Menzies Institute for Medical Research
Deposited On:2021-06-11
Last Modified:2021-06-11
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