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Understanding ESL Students' Motivations to Increase MOOC Accessibility

Uchidiuno, Judith; Ogan, Amy; Yarzebinski, Evelyn; Hammer, Jessica

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  "DOI": "10.1145/2876034.2893398", 
  "author": [
      "family": "Uchidiuno, Judith"
      "family": "Ogan, Amy"
      "family": "Yarzebinski, Evelyn"
      "family": "Hammer, Jessica"
  "issued": {
    "date-parts": [
  "abstract": "Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) have the\npotential to bridge education and literacy gaps by\noffering high quality, free courses to anyone with an\nInternet connection. MOOCs in their present state,\nhowever, may be relatively inaccessible to non-native\nEnglish speakers, as a majority of MOOC content is in\nthe English language. While a potential solution is to\ntranslate all MOOC content into all languages, it is not\nknown whether this solution will satisfy the learning\ngoals of all English as a Second Language (ESL)\nspeakers. Through a series of interviews, we\ninvestigate ESL speakers' motivations for taking MOOCs\nand other online courses. Our findings show that ESL\nspeakers have a variety of motivations for taking online\ncourses that are not captured in current surveys, which\nimplies that current one-size-fits-all approaches to\nincreasing MOOC accessibility for learners with a first\nlanguage other than English may not be effective.\nRather, offering learners individualized tools based on\ntheir motivation and needs may be more effective.", 
  "title": "Understanding ESL Students' Motivations to Increase MOOC Accessibility", 
  "type": "paper-conference", 
  "id": "996509"
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