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

Claflin, SB ORCID: 0000-0001-6545-946X, Campbell, JA ORCID: 0000-0002-1820-6758, Doherty, K ORCID: 0000-0002-0122-0123, Farrow, M ORCID: 0000-0003-0302-9426, Bessing, B and Taylor, BV 2021 , 'Evaluating course completion, appropriateness and burden in the Understanding Multiple Sclerosis massive open online course: a cohort study' , Journal of Medical Internet Research .

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Abstract

Background: Massive open online course (MOOC) research is an emerging field; to date, most research in this area has focusedon participant engagement.Objective: Here, we evaluate both participant engagement and measures of satisfaction, appropriateness and burden for aMOOC 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 ageusing 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 pitchand low burden (a mean of 2.2 hours engagement per week); (2) people living with MS were less likely than those not livingwith MS to complete the course; (3) caregivers and participants without a university education were more likely to apply thematerial by course completion.Conclusions: The Understanding MS MOOC is fit for purpose; it presents information in a way that is readily understood bycourse participants and is applicable in their lives.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Claflin, SB and Campbell, JA and Doherty, K and Farrow, M and Bessing, B and Taylor, BV
Keywords: multiple sclerosis, health promotion
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Medical Internet Research
Publisher: J M I R Publications, Inc.
ISSN: 1439-4456
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Copyright 2021 The Authors

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