Colin Milligan


  • 70 Cowcaddens Road, Glasgow Caledonian University

    G4 0BA Glasgow

    United Kingdom


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Personal profile

Research interests

I am a learning researcher with an interest in self-directed learning and the personal learning networks that individuals engage in to support their learning. Increasingly, learners must take primary (and often, full) responsibility for their learning, so it is important to understand their motivations, how their learning skills emerge and develop (for example to identify learning needs, evaluate learning opportunities and recognise learning that has occurred), and how they can be supported and nurtured.


  • Other Education
  • learning sciences
  • workplace learning
  • technology enhanced learning
  • informal learning
  • MOOCs
  • massive open online courses
  • self-regulated learning

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Research Output

Why study on a MOOC? The motives of students and professionals

Milligan, C. & Littlejohn, A., 5 Apr 2017, In : International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning. 18, 2, p. 92-102 11 p.

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    How health professionals regulate their learning in massive open online courses

    Milligan, C. & Littlejohn, A., Oct 2016, In : Internet and Higher Education. 31, p. 113-121 9 p.

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    Open Access
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    Learning in MOOCs: A comparison study

    Milligan, C., Littlejohn, A. & Hood, N., 2016, Proceedings of the European Stakeholder Summit on Experiences and Best Practices in and around MOOCs (EMOOCS 2016). Books on Demand, p. 15-26 10 p.

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  • Learning in MOOCs: motivations and self-regulated learning in MOOCs

    Littlejohn, A., Hood, N., Milligan, C. & Mustain, P., Apr 2016, In : Internet and Higher Education. 29, p. 40-48 9 p.

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    Open Access
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    Professional learning through everyday work: how finance professionals self-regulate their learning

    Littlejohn, A., Milligan, C., Fontana, P. & Margaryan, A., Jul 2016, In : Vocations and Learning. 9, p. 207-226 20 p.

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