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]
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 Type:||Refereed Article|
|Keywords:||multiple sclerosis, health promotion|
|Research Division:||Biomedical and Clinical Sciences|
|Research Field:||Neurology and neuromuscular diseases|
|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)|
|Deposited By:||Menzies Institute for Medical Research|
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