Examining the Perceived Consequences and Usage of MOOCs on Learning Effectiveness

Document Type : Research Paper


1 Faculty of Computer Sciences and Information Technology, Islamic Azad University, Parand Branch, Tehran, Iran

2 Faculty of Management, University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran

3 Faculty of Management, Islamic Azad University, Tehran Central Branch, Tehran, Iran


Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) have recently received a great deal of attention from the academic communities. However, these courses face low completion rates and there are very limited research pertaining to this problem. Therefore, this study uses Triandis theory to better understand variables that are indicative of MOOC completion. Furthermore, this study scrutinizes the quantitative relationship between MOOC usage and learning effectiveness. Two hundred and thirty-four users from selected Coursera participated in this study to evaluate the proposed model. The partial least squares (PLS) were used to analyze the collected data and test the research hypotheses. The results indicated that perceived consequences (including knowledge growth, social interaction, and compatibility) and affect have a significant impact on intention to use MOOC. In contrast, social factors delineated the insignificant effects on intention to use MOOC. The findings indicated that facilitative conditions and intentions to use MOOC have a strong and positive impact on the actual use of MOOC. Hypotheses regarding the influence of perceived consequences and the actual usage of MOOC on learning effectiveness were upheld.


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Article Title [Persian]

ارزیابی پیامدهای ادراکی دوره های آزاد انبوه برخط(MOOCs)و تاثیر آنها بر اثربخشی یادگیری

Authors [Persian]

  • علیرضا تمجید یامچلو 1
  • رحمت الله قلی پور 2
  • محمدعلی افشار کاظمی 3
1 دانشکده علوم کامپیوتر و فناوری اطلاعات، دانشگاه آزاد اسلامی، واحد پرند، تهران، ایران
2 دانشکده مدیریت ، دانشگاه تهران، تهران، ایران
3 گروه مدیریت، دانشگاه آزاد اسلامی، واحد پرند، تهران، ایران
Abstract [Persian]

درصد کمی از شرکت کنندگان دوره های آزاد انبوه برخط(MOOCs) این دوره ها را به اتمام میرسانند وپژوهشهای بسیار محدودی در مورد این مشکل وجود دارد. هدف اصلی مطالعه حاضر، کشف عوامل مختلف تاثیرگذار به استفاده از MOOC با استفاده از نظریه ترایدس است. علاوه بر این،مطالعه جاری رابطه کمی بین پیامدهای درک شده و استفاده واقعی از MOOC رابا اثربخشی یادگیری را بررسی می کند . نتایج پژوهش نشان داد که پیامدهای درک شده تاثیر قابل توجهی بر قصد استفاده از MOOC دارد. در مقابل، عوامل اجتماعی تأثیر ناچیزی بر قصد استفاده از MOOC دارد. یافته های پژوهش نشان داد که شرایط تسهیل گر و قصد استفاده بر روی استفاده واقعی از MOOCتاثیر گذار است. فرضیه های مربوط به تأثیر پیامدهای درک شده و استفاده واقعی از MOOC بر اثربخشی یادگیری تأیید شدند.

Keywords [Persian]

  • دوره های آزاد انبوه برخط
  • اثربخشی یادگیری
  • تئوری ترایندس
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