Quality Criteria for Cyber Security MOOCs

Simone Fischer-Hübner*, Matthias Beckerle, Alberto Lluch Lafuente, Antonio Ruiz Martínez, Karo Saharinen, Antonio Skarmeta, Pierantonia Sterlini

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Cyber security MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) can enable lifelong learning and increase the cyber security competence of experts and citizens. This paper contributes with a review of existing cyber security MOOCs and MOOC quality assurance frameworks. It then presents quality criteria, which we elicited for evaluating whether cyber security MOOCs are worthy to be awarded with a quality seal. Finally, an exemplary evaluation of six selected European MOOCs is presented to exercise the quality seal awarding process. Additionally, the evaluation revealed that criteria for assuring privacy, ethics, meeting professional expectations and openness were on average not clearly met.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInformation Security Education. Information Security in Action
EditorsLynette Drevin, Suné Von Solms, Marianthi Theocharidou
Publication date2020
ISBN (Print)9783030592905
Publication statusPublished - 2020
Event13th IFIP WG 11.8 World Conference on Information Security Education - Virtual event, Maribor, Slovenia
Duration: 21 Sep 202023 Sep 2020


Conference13th IFIP WG 11.8 World Conference on Information Security Education
LocationVirtual event
SeriesIFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology
Volume579 IFIP


  • Cyber security
  • MOOCs
  • Quality assurance and evaluation
  • Security education

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