Everyday new learners arrive at the cope15, inscribe for the course and tell us their motivation for participation in the „competences for global collaboration” MOOC. You can find a list of all signed participants in the sign up page on the main menu of this site. I just read this page and this is what I found out:
Cope15 learners come from all over the world, with different expectations, motivation and interests.
One week before start we have about 230 participants, coming from many European countries, like Austria, Bosnia, Russia, Italy, Germany, Croatia, Slovenia, France, Denmark, Spain, Belgium, Bulgaria, Check Republic and Poland, but also from many other countries like Vietnam, China, Mexico, India, Singapore, South Korea, USA and Uganda.
Learners are students in higher education institutions, between jobs, working professionals and entrepreneurs, aiming to increase their qualifications, skills and competences and better manage their everyday job tasks. Most of them wish to enhance their personal development.
Many of the cope15 learners participate in order to experience a new, exciting, cool and challenging learning process and are very curious about how it will work. They are interested in topics like global and virtual dynamics, eLearning and computer mediated communication, and hope that their participation will increase their own motivation for learning. Participants look forward to alternative points of view in different topics, wish to help each other by sharing experiences and gain practical knowledge with real business situations. MOOCs are seen as “the study style of the future” and are expected to lead them to a better future.
Another high motivational factor is the intercultural exchange with learners from different cultures, global collaboration, widening the personal network and meeting new interesting people.
Many learners see the greatest personal value in the variation of topics and contents, wish to become new ideas and widen their personal skills with technology use for learning.
The improvement of English skills, vocabulary training, practice in writing and listening skills and raising the own self-esteem are key motivational factors for many of the learners participating.
Other learners mention the badge as their motivation, or that they participate because it is compulsory for their study degree. Others just “love studying” and want to have some learning fun 🙂 . And some wish to have fun while learning, but still feel a bit insecure of whether this is going to be true.
It has been very interesting to read through all of your personal motivation posts and I already have a better understanding and better feeling of what it is like for you to start with this new learning experience.
I look forward to welcoming more learners, and to more of that exchange and communication with the start of cope15 next week!