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Massive open online courses (MOOCs): a tool for intercontinental collaboration in archives and records management education in Eswatini

Collence Takaingenhamo Chisita (Department of Information Science, School of Humanities, University of South Africa ( UNISA), Pretoria, South Africa)
Vusi Wonderboy Tsabedze (Department of Information Science, School of Humanities, University of South Africa ( UNISA), Pretoria, South Africa)

Records Management Journal

ISSN: 0956-5698

Article publication date: 3 June 2021

Issue publication date: 16 July 2021

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Abstract

Purpose

The study aims to assess the views of archives and records management (ARM) professionals in Eswatini about massive open online courses (MOOCs). The purpose of this study is to explore the potential of MOOCs as open gateways for ongoing learning opportunities to scholars, institutions and academics across the globe. It explores the challenges of providing MOOCs in a developing country such as Eswatini.

Design/methodology/approach

The study was anchored on the interpretive research paradigm and adopted a qualitative research methodology. The study used maximum variation sampling to identify individuals that would constitute the research sample. The rationale behind this sampling is to obtain participants with a shared experience within a phenomenon but who have some demographic variance.

Findings

The findings revealed that there was lack of awareness of the potential of MOOCs in revolutionizing the delivery of ARM courses in Eswatini. The findings support the need for higher education institutions in Eswatini to adopt MOOCs to deliver ARM courses. The study revealed that access to internet connectivity was among the key inhibitors undermining the adaptation of MOOCs for the delivery of ARM courses in Eswatini.

Originality/value

The novelty of the study is that it brings into the limelight the factors that impede the adaptation of MOOCs for the delivery of ARM courses in Eswatini. It brings into focus the challenges encountered by ARM institutions in Eswatini in moving towards a MOOC-centric mode of course delivery.

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Acknowledgements

The authors would like to acknowledge the Department of Information Sciences at the University of South Africa (UNISA), the Records and Archival Management Institutions in Eswatini and other institutions for the support leading to the ultimate success of this publication.

Funding: There was no funding provided for this research study.

Citation

Chisita, C.T. and Tsabedze, V.W. (2021), "Massive open online courses (MOOCs): a tool for intercontinental collaboration in archives and records management education in Eswatini", Records Management Journal, Vol. 31 No. 2, pp. 158-175. https://doi.org/10.1108/RMJ-08-2020-0028

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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