On Human Terms – A First Evaluation of a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) in Ergonomics

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Abstract

The Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) ‘Work and Technology on Human Terms’ (www.onhumanterms.org ) was launched in July 2017 with the aim to contribute to safer and healthier workplaces by increasing the knowledge about how products, systems, and work organizations can be designed on human terms. The purpose of this paper is to present the results of a first evaluation of the MOOC. The online course was used in four different university courses in Ergonomics in Sweden, two given at Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg and two given at Linköping University. The MOOC material was used in different ways in the courses: (1) suggested voluntary, alternative material for the students’ self-studies, (2) scheduled activity for self-studies with appointed chapters, and (3) mandatory, selected course material being discussed in follow-up seminars. Data for the evaluation was collected through questionnaires and semi-structured interviews with students and teachers. The results showed that the MOOC served as a repetition of lectured material and gave increased understanding of the theories. The recorded interviews with practitioners and researchers in the MOOC highlighted the importance of the subject in real working life. The knowledge tests were appreciated as rehearsal of understanding. However, the MOOC in parallel with the other course material was also considered to be too much work by some students. A recommendation is to carefully consider how to use and integrate the MOOC as a meaningful, individual, theoretical learning activity for the students. Thereby the lectures in classroom could focus more on discussions and problem-solving regarding the topics and less on basic theory.

Details

Authors
Organisations
External organisations
  • Linköping University
  • Chalmers University of Technology
Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Medical Ergonomics

Keywords

  • Blended learning, Higher education, Human factors
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 20th Congress of the International Ergonomics Association (IEA 2018) - Volume IV
Subtitle of host publicationOrganizational Design and Management ODAM, Professional Affairs, Forensic
PublisherSpringer
Pages530-538
Number of pages9
ISBN (Print)9783319960791
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Aug 5
Publication categoryResearch
Peer-reviewedYes
Event20th Congress of the International Ergonomics Association, IEA 2018 - Florence, Italy
Duration: 2018 Aug 262018 Aug 30

Publication series

NameAdvances in Intelligent Systems and Computing
Volume821
ISSN (Print)2194-5357

Conference

Conference20th Congress of the International Ergonomics Association, IEA 2018
CountryItaly
CityFlorence
Period2018/08/262018/08/30