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Title: Influence of employer support for professional development on MOOCs enrolment and comple-tion: Results from a cross-course survey
Authors: Castano-Munoz, Jonatan
Kalz, Marco
Kreijns, Karel
Punie, Yves
Keywords: Professional development
open education
MOOCs
employer recognition
employer support
Issue Date: 2016
Publisher: eMOOCS 2016
Citation: Castano-Munoz, J., Kalz, M., Kreijns, K., & Punie, Y. (2016, February, 22–24). Influence of employer support for professional development on MOOC enrolment and completion: Results from a cross-provider survey. Paper presented at the eMOOCs 2016 Conference: Fourth European MOOCs stakeholders summit. Graz, Austria.
Abstract: Although the potential of open education and MOOCs for professional development is usually recognized, it has not yet been explored extensively. How far employers support non-formal learning is still an open question. This paper presents the findings of a survey-based study which focuses on the influence of employer support for (general) professional development on employees’ use of MOOCs. Findings show that employers are usually unaware that their employees are participating in MOOCs. In addition, employer support for general professional development is positively associated with employees completing MOOCs and obtaining certificates for them. However, the relationship between employer support and MOOC enrollment is less clear: workers who have more support from their employers tend to enroll in either a low or a high number of MOOCs. Finally, the promotion of a minimum of ICT skills by employers is shown to be an effective way of encouraging employee participation in the open education ecosystem.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1820/9267
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