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<sec> <title>BACKGROUND</title> <p>Massive open online courses (MOOCs) have increased in popularity in recent years. They target a wide variety of learners and use novel teaching approaches, yet often exhibit low completion rates (10%). It is important to evaluate MOOCs to determine their impact and effectiveness, but little is known at this point about the methodologies that should be used for evaluation.</p> </sec> <sec> <title>OBJECTIVE</title> <p>The purpose of this paper is to provide a protocol for a systematic review on MOOC evaluation methods.</p> </sec> <sec> <title>METHODS</title> <p>We will use the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses Protocols (PRISMA-P) guidelines for reporting this protocol. We developed a population, intervention, comparator, and outcome (PICO) framework to guide the search strategy, based on the overarching question, “What methods have been used to evaluate MOOCs?” The review will follow six stages: 1) literature search, 2) article selection, 3) data extraction, 4) quality appraisal, 5) data analysis, and 6) data synthesis.</p> </sec> <sec> <title>RESULTS</title> <p>The systematic review is ongoing. We completed the data searches and data abstraction in October and November 2018. We are now analyzing the data and expect to complete the systematic review by March 2019.</p> </sec> <sec> <title>CONCLUSIONS</title> <p>This systematic review will provide a useful summary of the methods used for evaluation of MOOCs and the strengths and limitations of each approach. It will also identify gaps in the literature and areas for future work.</p> </sec> <sec> <title>INTERNATIONAL REGISTERED REPOR</title> <p>DERR1-10.2196/12087</p> </sec>

Original publication

DOI

10.2196/preprints.12087

Type

Journal article

Publisher

JMIR Publications Inc.

Publication Date

07/09/2018