Teaching Matters 2020 | Presentation Details | 1 December 20201 Dec 2020
Evaluating course completion, appropriateness and burden in the Understanding Multiple Sclerosis Massive Open Online Course
- Suzi B Claflin, Menzies Institute for Medical Research, CoHM*
- Julie A Campbell, Menzies Institute for Medical Research, CoHM
- Kathleen Doherty, Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre, CoHM
- Maree Farrow, Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre, CoHM
- Barnabas Bessing, Menzies Institute for Medical Research, CoHM
- Bruce V Taylor, Menzies Institute for Medical Research, CoHM
Background: Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) research is an emerging field; to date, most research in this area has focused on participant engagement.
Objective: Here, we explore the impact of the Understanding MS MOOC; a potential source of connection, by evaluating participant engagement and measures of satisfaction, appropriateness and burden among a cohort of 3,518 international course participants.
Methods: We assessed the association of key outcomes with participant education level, MS status, caregiver status, sex, age, and disease duration using summary statistics, t-tests and chi square tests.
Results: Of the 3,518 study participants, 928 (31%) were people living with MS, 50% of which were within 5 years of diagnosis. Among the 2,590 participants not living with MS, 862 (41%) identified as formal or informal caregivers. Our key findings were: (1) the course completion rate among study participants was 67%; (2) the course was well received, with 97% of participants satisfied, with an appropriate pitch and low burden (a mean of 2.2 hours engagement per week); (3) people living with MS were less likely than those not living with MS to complete the course; (4) newly diagnosed people with MS, caregivers and participants without a university education were more likely to apply the material by course completion.
Conclusions: The Understanding MS MOOC is fit for purpose; it presents information in a way that is readily understood by course participants and is applicable in their lives. By increasing inclusivity and accessibility, the Understanding MS MOOC increases connections within the MS community; as it is particularly useful for under-resourced groups, including the newly diagnosed, carers, and those without a university degree.