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Journal Issue
Volume 17 Issue 2 / Jun 2019  pp66‑172

Editor: Antonios Andreatos, Cleo Sgouropoulou, Klimis Ntalianis

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The Patras Blended Strategy Model for Deep and Meaningful Learning in Quality Life‑Long Distance Education  pp66‑78

Stylianos Mystakidis, Eleni Berki, Juri Valtanen

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Critical Components of Formative Assessment in Process‑Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning for Online Labs  pp79‑92

Saptarshi Purkayastha, Asha K. Surapaneni, Pallavi Maity, Anushri S. Rajapuri, Judy W. Gichoya

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Using Gamification in a Teaching Innovation Project at the University of Alcalá: A New Approach to Experimental Science Practices  pp93‑106

Dolores López Carrillo, Amelia Calonge García, Teresa Rodríguez Laguna, Germán Ros Magán, José Alberto Lebrón Moreno

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Exploring the Potential of the Learning Designer as a Teacher Support Tool  pp107‑117

Eleni Zalavra, Kyparisia Papanikolaou

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Driving High Inclination to Complete Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs): Motivation and Engagement Factors for Learners  pp118‑130

Lee Yen Chaw, Chun Meng Tang

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Abstract

Today, online learning is prospering from the widely available and easily accessible connection to the Web. Massive open online course (MOOC) platforms such as Coursera, edX, and Udemy have made available several thousands of short courses at several difficulty levels in a wide variety of disciplines, ranging from business, computer science to literature, for learners to select from. Learners who are looking to earn credentials for career advancement or personal interest would find MOOCs attractive not only because of the time and place flexibility these courses offer, but also because of the free enrollment or the very small certificate fee upon completion, as well as the emergent recognition these courses are receiving for their high quality learning delivery from leading educational institutions. Learners who enroll in a MOOC would typically need to participate in various learning activities and complete a few assessment tasks to complete the course. However, it has been commonly reported that the completion rates of MOOCs are low. Based on the common notion that when learners are more motivated to learn, they are likely to better engage in learning and have a higher likelihood to complete a MOOC, this study adopted the Motivation and Engagement Scale (MES) by Martin (2007, 2009) to collect responses from university students to examine whether positive motivation resulted in positive engagement; whether negative motivation resulted in negative engagement; and how positive or negative engagement swayed learners’ inclination to complete a MOOC if they were to enroll in one. Findings show that there was a statistically significant positive relationship between positive motivation and positive engagement, between negative motivation and negative engagement, and between positive engagement and inclination to complete a MOOC. However, the relationship between negative engagement and inclination to complete a MOOC was statistically not significant. Findings of this study can be useful to MOOC providers and learners in their effort to develop strategies to increase completion rates of MOOCs. 

 

Keywords: inclination to complete, learning engagement, learning motivation, massive open online course, online learning

 

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3‑M Model for Uncovering the Impact of Multi‑level Identity Issues on Learners’ Social Interactive Engagement Online  pp131‑143

Paula Charbonneau-Gowdy, Jessica Chavez

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Bridging Audio and Augmented Reality towards a new Generation of Serious Audio‑only Games  pp144‑156

Emmanouel Rovithis, Andreas Floros, Nikos Moustakas, Konstantinos Vogklis, Lily Kotsira

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A Use Case of the Application of Advanced Gaming and Immersion Technologies for Professional Training: The GAMEPHARM Training Environment for Physiotherapists  pp157‑170

Dimitra Pappa, Homer Papadopoulos

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Editorial for EJEL Volume 17 Issue 2 2019  pp171‑172

Antonios Andreatos

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