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Developing self-efficacy through a massive open online course on study skills

Padilla Rodriguez, B. C. and Armellini, A. (2017) Developing self-efficacy through a massive open online course on study skills. Open Praxis. 9(3) 2304-070X.

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Abstract: Self-efficacy is a strong predictor of academic performance, and an area of interest for higher education institutions. This paper reports on a massive open online course (MOOC) on study skills, aimed at increasing self-efficacy. Participants (n=32) were from Mexico and Colombia, with ages ranging from 21 to 45 years. At the beginning and the end of the MOOC, learners answered a survey that included the General Self-Efficacy Scale, items on specific study skills, and space for optional comments. Findings show statistically significant increases in general self-efficacy after completing the MOOC, as well as in the perceived self-efficacy related to five out of six study skills. Comments suggest that participants are aware of and value their own improvement. For students, MOOCs can represent low-risk, formative opportunities to widen their knowledge and increase their self-efficacy. For academic institutions, well-designed MOOCs on study skills provide a means to support students.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Self-efficacy, study skills, massive open online courses, MOOCs, online learning
Creators: Padilla Rodriguez, Brenda Cecilia and Armellini, Alejandro
Faculties, Divisions and Institutes: Research Institutes > Institute of Learning & Teaching
Date: 22 September 2017
Date Type: Publication
Journal or Publication Title: Open Praxis
Volume: 9
Number: 3
Language: English
ISSN: 2304-070X
Status: Published / Disseminated
Refereed: Yes

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