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Evaluating course completion, appropriateness and burden in the Understanding Multiple Sclerosis massive open online course: a cohort study

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posted on 2023-05-20, 23:56 authored by Susan ClaflinSusan Claflin, Julie CampbellJulie Campbell, Kathleen DohertyKathleen Doherty, Maree Farrow, Bessing, B, Bruce TaylorBruce Taylor

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 evaluate both participant engagement and measures of satisfaction, appropriateness and burden for a MOOC entitled Understanding Multiple Sclerosis (MS) 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 and age using summary statistics, t-tests and chi square tests.

Results: Our key findings were: (1) 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); (2) people living with MS were less likely than those not living with MS to complete the course; (3) 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.


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Journal of Medical Internet Research




Menzies Institute for Medical Research


J M I R Publications, Inc.

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Health education and promotion

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