World’s first Career MOOC a real success!

On Friday 25 July 2014 the Enhance Your Career and Employability Skills MOOC officially closed on the Coursera platform. This six week course was produced by The Careers Group, University of London and the University of London International Academy. By the final week of the course over 157,000 had registered on the course with nearly 89,000 students engaging with the material. The evaluation survey from the course reveals that the vast majority of the students found the course to be fulfilling and rewarding. Now the course has finished it is also possible to analyse the level of student activity in terms of forum postings, videos watched and quizzes submitted: all make fascinating reading as you can see below:

What did the students do?

  • 948,944 unique videos watched
  • 39,832 quiz submissions
  • 14,740 peers assessments
  • 14,922 forum posts
  • 2,850 discussion threads
  • 89,665 forum views

What did the students think?

  • 96% ranked their overall MOOC experience as excellent (41%), very good (40%) or good (15%)
  • 95% found the course personally fulfilling
  • 93% feel more confident about how they will approach their career development in the future as a result of the course
  • 91% have specific actions they will take as a result of this course
  • 96% would recommend this course to their friend
  • 62% are interested in finding out more about relevant degree programmes or short courses from the University of London International Programme

What did the students say?

The depth and scope of knowledge and application of the information really surprised me. I have taken courses in Canada from different organizations and venues, most government funded, and none were close to the  comprehensiveness or professionalism of these videos and information. Really outstanding.’

Another remarked:

I enjoyed this course as a whole! This was my first Mooc and I believe it will be difficult for another format to beat this one. It gave me lots of confidence and it put me back on track to finding professional happiness.’

One participant noted:

The MOOC is an International Treasure that has significantly contributed to the field of Career Counseling.’

Next steps :

As Laura Brammar, one of the Instructors on the course commented:

As this was the first careers MOOC ever to be offered, we were keen to read the findings of the recent evaluation survey.  We are delighted with the results which are a real testament to the hard work of all those colleagues from across The Careers Group, who contributed to the success of the project’.

Since the MOOC has proved to be so successful, discussions are taking place to consider additional iterations of the course some time in future. Any questions about this can be directed to the Instructors, David Winter and Laura Brammar.

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