Welcome to the MOOCResearch Hub

Final Reports are now available: MRI Grantee Reports 

The dramatic increase in online education, particularly Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), presents researchers, academics, administrators, learners, and policy makers with a range of questions as to the effectiveness of this format of teaching and learning. To date, the impact of MOOCs has been largely disseminated through press releases and university reports. The peer-reviewed research on MOOCs has been minimal. The proliferation of MOOCs in higher education requires a concerted and urgent research agenda.

The MOOC Research Initiative (MRI) will begin to address this research gap by evaluating MOOCs and how they impact teaching, learning, and education in general.

This project is funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.


Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Research Initiative

MOOC Research Initiative (MRI) is funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation as part of a set of investments intended to explore the potential of MOOCs to extend access to postsecondary credentials through more personalized, more affordable pathways.

MOOC Conference

The MOOC Research Conference, December 5-6, 2013, was held at University of Texas, Arlington.

People Involved

To support the MOOC Research Initiative Grants, the following Steering Committee has been established to provide guidance and direction.

Contact Us

For questions regarding the MOOC Research Initiative or the evidence hub, please contact gsiemens@athabascau.ca


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