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A MOOC approach for training researchers in developing countries

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Open Praxis Volume 9, Number 1, ISSN 1369-9997 e-ISSN 1369-9997 Publisher: International Council for Open and Distance Education


We report on an online course in research writing offered in a massive open online course (MOOC) format for developing country researchers. The concepts of cognitive presence, teacher presence, and social presence informed the design of the course, with a philosophy of strong social interaction supported by guest facilitators. The course was developed with low-bandwidth elements and hosted on a Moodle site. It was offered twice as a MOOC and 2830 learners from more than 90 countries, mainly in the developing world, took part. The average completion rate was 53%. Female learners and learners who were active in the forums were more likely to complete the course. Our MOOC approach may be a useful model for continuing professional development training in the developing world.


Murugesan, R., Nobes, A. & Wild, J. (2017). A MOOC approach for training researchers in developing countries. Open Praxis, 9(1), 45-57. International Council for Open and Distance Education. Retrieved August 23, 2019 from .

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