The Higher Education Academy in the UK has written an interesting report on MOOCs. This is their third report on MOOCs within a year.This report is about a study of ten people who completed one of the University of Southampton’s first two such courses during 2014. Its goal is to better understand their motivations for studying in this way , and the learning opportunities and problems they encountered. Findings were discussed with five academics involved in leading, developing and teaching on the MOOCs in order to explore issues from both perspectives. Given the small - scale nature of the project no specific recommendations are made as a result of it. Instead, the final paragraphs offer reflections from the project team about how the research is likely to impact their own practice in the future, and sugge stions about how learners might make the most of the opportunities MOOCs offer.
Interesting conclusion is that the 'completer' interviewees view moocs not as poorer quality version of similar online courses. They experienced a MOOC as something new, exciting and completely unique in their educational experiences.