A MOOC approach for training researchers in developing countries

Ravi Murugesan, Andy Nobes, Joanna Wild


We report on an online course in research writing offered in a massive open online course (MOOC) format for developing country researchers. The concepts of cognitive presence, teacher presence, and social presence informed the design of the course, with a philosophy of strong social interaction supported by guest facilitators. The course was developed with low-bandwidth elements and hosted on a Moodle site. It was offered twice as a MOOC and 2830 learners from more than 90 countries, mainly in the developing world, took part. The average completion rate was 53%. Female learners and learners who were active in the forums were more likely to complete the course. Our MOOC approach may be a useful model for continuing professional development training in the developing world.


MOOC; higher education; researchers; developing countries; continuing professional development; Moodle

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5944/openpraxis.9.1.476


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