Pre-induction supports for flexible learners: The Head Start Online MOOC pilot. A Practice Report

Abstract

This practice report discusses the development of the Head Start Online MOOC. This initiative targeted flexible learners, defined as adults engaged in part-time or online distance learning, during the initial stages of the study life-cycle. Drawing on the literature, the experiences of major international Online and Distance Learning (ODL) providers, and a set of overarching design principles, the MOOC (Massive open online course) was developed with a suite of digital readiness tools at its heart. These tools were combined with other supporting materials in order to deliver a comprehensive pre-entry socialisation course. A small pilot of Head Start Online ran over five weeks with 150 people enrolled and 50 going on to receive a certificate of completion. The feedback received, albeit limited by the numbers of respondents, indicates that a course that strategically uses digital readiness tools can have a positive impact on new and prospective flexible learners.

Published
Jun 12, 2018
How to Cite
BRUNTON, James et al. Pre-induction supports for flexible learners: The Head Start Online MOOC pilot. A Practice Report. Student Success, [S.l.], v. 9, n. 2, p. 1-7, june 2018. ISSN 2205-0795. Available at: <https://studentsuccessjournal.org/article/view/434>. Date accessed: 25 june 2018. doi: https://doi.org/10.5204/ssj.v10i1.434.
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