The effects of metacognition on online learning interest and continuance to learn with MOOCs

Abstract

Developments in technology have made online teacher training applicable to MOOCs, but the validation of MOOCs presents some challenges, including the high dropout rate and low continuance intention to learn via MOOCs. The purpose of this study is to propose a unified model integrating metacognition and learning interest to investigate continuance intention to learn via MOOCs. Data of 126 respondents were collected and subjected to confirmatory factor analysis. Furthermore, the relationships were tested with structural equation modeling and the results revealed that metacognition was positively related to three levels of learning interest (i.e., liking, enjoyment, and engagement). The three levels of learning interest were positively related to continuance intention to use MOOCs. The findings imply that enhancing learners’ metacognition can contribute to increased online learning interest and continuance to learn with MOOCs, thereby reinforcing the benefits of developing teacher training programs via MOOCs.

Keywords

MOOCsMetacognitionOnline learning interestContinuance intention