Learning From the Adoption of MOOCs in Two International Branch Campuses in the UAE

Carrie Amani Annabi, Marlene Muller

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    Massive open online courses (MOOCs) are free global courses, available on the Internet to unlimited numbers of learners. MOOCs have grown in popularity over the past 5 years and have been perceived as either a threat to traditional higher education (HE) or an innovation that augments learning. This research assesses 20 lecturers’ perceptions of whether MOOCs are seen as innovative learning platforms within international branch campuses (IBCs) given that MOOCs offer virtual global education. Rogers’ diffusion of innovation (DoI) theory suggested that successful diffusion originates from developed social systems; hence, the theory is used to explore MOOC adoption within the United Arab Emirates. This study was validated by a focus group of 10 lecturers. Results indicated that MOOCs were viewed as innovative; however, adoption among lecturers is low. This study contributes to research by questioning whether lecturers can address
    the national needs of technology-driven students within current internationalized HE.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)260-281
    Number of pages22
    JournalJournal of Studies in International Education
    Issue number3
    Early online date28 Dec 2015
    Publication statusPublished - Jul 2016


    • massive open online courses (MOOCs)
    • international branch campuses (IBCs)
    • Rogers’ diffusion of innovation theory
    • internationalized higher education
    • United Arab Emirates

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Education


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