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What Does the Data Say about Effective University Online Internships? The Universitat Politècnica de València Experience Using MOOC during COVID-19 Lockdown

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Área de Sistemas de Información y Comunicaciones, Universitat Politècnica de València, 46021 Valencia, Spain
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Departamento de Didáctica y Organización Escolar, Facultad de Educación, Universidad de Murcia, 30003 Murcia, Spain
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Sustainability 2022, 14(1), 520; https://doi.org/10.3390/su14010520
Received: 22 November 2021 / Revised: 30 December 2021 / Accepted: 30 December 2021 / Published: 4 January 2022
Universitat Politècnica de València’s students can take in-company internships during their bachelor’s degrees, and, with the COVID-19 lockdown, 224 students had their internships cancelled. EdX launched a free certificate initiative for its partners, and UPV gave the possibility of using MOOCs to cover for the credit needed to graduate. We have tried to answer the question, “Is it possible to use MOOCs to replace an in-company internship in an emergency?” using Learning Analytics; 179 students chose this possibility. More than 90% of the students got their academic credit, and their satisfaction with the initiative was 4.6/5. They scored MOOCs’ quality with 4/5 and the contribution of MOOCs to their careers with 3.6/5; 95% will take a MOOC, and 69.3% think it is worth paying for the certificate. The answers to the question evaluating if MOOCs had given them the same knowledge as a company internship are positive but much less conclusive, with an average of 2.87/5. We conclude that MOOCs achieved the pursued goal during the emergency. With more time for planning and extra resources for remote support, they can be a good solution in environments where online is the only choice, and they can even be used as a tool to reinforce some of the knowledge needed to be successful in a traditional internship. View Full-Text
Keywords: MOOC; lockdown; COVID-19; company internship; replacement MOOC; lockdown; COVID-19; company internship; replacement
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Despujol, I.; Castañeda, L.; Turró, C. What Does the Data Say about Effective University Online Internships? The Universitat Politècnica de València Experience Using MOOC during COVID-19 Lockdown. Sustainability 2022, 14, 520. https://doi.org/10.3390/su14010520

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Despujol I, Castañeda L, Turró C. What Does the Data Say about Effective University Online Internships? The Universitat Politècnica de València Experience Using MOOC during COVID-19 Lockdown. Sustainability. 2022; 14(1):520. https://doi.org/10.3390/su14010520

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Despujol, Ignacio, Linda Castañeda, and Carlos Turró. 2022. "What Does the Data Say about Effective University Online Internships? The Universitat Politècnica de València Experience Using MOOC during COVID-19 Lockdown" Sustainability 14, no. 1: 520. https://doi.org/10.3390/su14010520

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