The OER Knowledge Cloud makes use of cookies. By continuing, you consent to this use. More information.
Case study as a research method for analyzing MOOCs
Montes-Rodríguez, Ramón · Martínez-Rodríguez, Juan Bautista · Ocaña-Fernández, Almudena

PublishedJuly 2019
JournalThe International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning
Volume 20, Issue 3, Pages 59-79

ABSTRACT
Educational research is one of the many fields of knowledge that frequently use case studies as a research method, particularly when applying an interpretive approach. Based on literature reviews and a systematic analysis of current scientific literature, this paper examines the prevalence and characteristics of the case study as a methodology for research on MOOCs. Ninety-two documents were selected from the search results returned by two of the most prestigious scientific databases: Web of Science (WOS) and SCOPUS. Findings showed that (a) even when searching solely for case studies, quantitative research paradigms were more prevalent than interpretive approaches; (b) geographical distribution of these studies was partially biased; (c) case studies were less prevalent in these databases than other empirical investigations on MOOCs; (d) the data collection and data analysis methods most frequently used in the case studies were more aligned with a quantitative approach; and (e) there is still very little instructor-focused research using this methodology. In the light of these findings and their discussion, future directions for research using case study methodology are proposed, given the potential of this method to illustrate certain issues for which other approaches have proved inadequate or insufficient.

Keywords case study · literature analysis · literature review · MOOC · research methods

Published atAthabasca, AB
ISSN1492-3831
RefereedYes
RightsAttribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)
DOI10.19173/irrodl.v20i4.4299
URLhttp://www.irrodl.org/index.php/irrodl/article/view/4299
Other informationIRRODL
Export optionsBibTex · EndNote · Tagged XML · Google Scholar



AVAILABLE FILES
4299-Article Text-30710-1-10-20190724.pdf · 252.3KB1 download



Viewed by 90 distinct readers




CLOUD COMMUNITY REVIEWS

The evaluations below represent the judgements of our readers and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the Cloud editors.

Click a star to be the first to rate this document


POST A COMMENT
SIMILAR RECORDS

Cours en ligne ouverts et massifs : État des lieux et adoption au Canada français: Guide et bilan de l'impact des cours en ligne ouverts et massifs (CLOM) au Canada Francophone
Grégoire, Robert; European Association for Distance Teaching Universities
Match: case study; MOOC

Reflections on sustaining Open Educational Resources: an institutional case study
Lane, Andy
This paper reviews some of the literature on the sustainability of Open Educational Resources (OER) and what it has to say about successful or sustainable open content projects on the internet.
Match: case study; literature review

Current status of the MOOC movement in the world and reaction of the Turkish higher education institutions
Aydin, Cengiz Hakan; HOME Project; European Association for Distance Teaching Universities
Match: case study; MOOC

MOOCs: Expectations and reality: Full report
Hollands, Fiona M.; Tirthali, Devayani
The Question: Do MOOCs cost-effectively produce desirable educational outcomes compared to face-to-face and other online options? The Study: Based on extensive research and interviews, The Centre for Benefit-Cost ...
Match: case study; MOOC

A tale of two modes: Initial reflections on an innovative MOOC
Sinclair, Jane; Boyatt, Russell; Foss, Jonathan; Rocks, Claire; et al.
Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are offered by many universities, with hundreds thousands of people worldwide having registered for one or more of the many available courses. Despite the potential that has been ...
Match: case study; MOOC

HES-SO MOOC « distributed flip » model: A pilot experiment
Salamin, Anne-Dominique
This paper presents a pilot experiment conducted by the University of Applied Sciences Western Switzerland (HES-SO) 1 to embed one of its own MOOC into face-to-face course in the Business Information Technology ...
Match: case study; MOOC

Understanding learning and teaching in MOOCs from the perspectives of students and instructors: A review of literature from 2014 to 2016
Deng, Ruiqi; Benckendorff, Pierre; Gannaway, Deanne; Kloos, Carlos Delgado; et al.
This article presents the results of a literature review on key learning and teaching dimensions in MOOCs. 95 studies published from January 2014 to October 2016 were selected for review. Four important learning and ...
Match: literature review; MOOC

A design guide for open online courses
Pratt, Dave; Schmoller, Seb; Jennings, David; Buckman, Will; et al.
This guide is a comprehensive summary of how we went about creating Citizen Maths, an open online maths course and service. The guide shares our design principles and the techniques we used to put them into practice. ...
Match: case study; MOOC

Students as teachers in MOOCs? The double gain of MOOCs as an in-class teaching method experiences from a student-made MOOC “Online Data Privacy”
Griesbaum, Joachim
MOOCs are an opportunity to think of learning as an interaction of different people and groups in totally new ways. This paper proposes a didactic setting in which students act as teachers in a MOOC and asks the ...
Match: case study; MOOC

The development of MOOCs: Irish country report
Costello, Eamon; Brown, Mark; HOME Project; European Association for Distance Teaching Universities
This paper summarises the Irish response to the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) movement through integrating a number of data sources, including the findings from a recent institutional survey. In reflecting on the ...
Match: case study; MOOC