Polytechnic University of Valencia Congress, Fourth International Conference on Higher Education Advances

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Grading versus Reliability: how Academia perspectives evaluation on MOOCs
Ana S. Moura, M. Natália D.S. Cordeiro

Last modified: 09-05-2018


Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) have experienced in recent years a significant growth in courses'offer and the number of enrolled students. Nevertheless, the controversy regarding if its quality is reliable, namely in student evaluation and assessment, has not found closure. In this study, we aim at establishing an initial prospection of the academic teaching professionals' perspective regarding the quality of the most common/usual evaluation methods and tools used in MOOCs. After the elaboration of a questionnaire and its implementation to an international sample of academic professors, the analysis of the answers allows perceiving which MOOC grading methods are acceptable in presential Higher Education courses and its eventual acceptable weight in the final grade. Further, within certain constraints, a large percentage of the inquired academics presented no problem with the inclusion of MOOC grading methods on their non-online courses. Overall, within those constraints, the academics felt the quality of the academic orthodox courses was maintained, a perspective that can contribute to change eventual suspicious attitudes regarding  MOOCs evaluation methodologies and their student assessment.


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