The role of learning design and learning analytics in MOOCs

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    The last couple of years there has been a lot of attention for MOOCs. More and more universities start offering MOOCs. Although the open dimension of MOOC indicates that it is open in every aspect, in most cases it is a course with a structure and a timeline within which learning activities are positioned. There is a contradiction there. The open aspect puts MOOCs more in the non-formal professional learning domain, while the course structure takes it into the formal, traditional education domain. Accordingly, there is no consensus yet on solid pedagogical approaches for MOOCs. Something similar can be said for learning analytics, another upcoming concept that is receiving a lot of attention. Given its nature, learning analytics offers a large potential to support learners in particular in MOOCs. Learning analytics should then be applied to assist the learners and teachers in understanding the learning process and could predict learning, provide opportunities for pro-active feedback, but should also results in interventions aimed at improving progress. This paper illustrates pedagogical and learning analytics approaches based on practices developed in formal online and distance teaching university education that have been fine-tuned for MOOCs and have been piloted in the context of the EU-funded MOOC projects ECO (Elearning, Communication, Open-Data: and EMMA (European Multiple MOOC Aggregator:
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationConference Proceedings of the 9th EDEN Research Workshop: Forging new pathways of research and innovation in open and distance learning
    Subtitle of host publicationReaching from the roots
    EditorsAirina Volungeviciene, András Szűcs, Ildikó Mázár
    PublisherEuropean Distance and E-Learning Network
    Number of pages8
    ISBN (Electronic) 978-615-5511-12-7
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2016
    Event9th EDEN Research Workshop - Oldenburg, Germany
    Duration: 4 Oct 20166 Oct 2016


    Conference9th EDEN Research Workshop
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    • ECO
    • EMMA
    • MOOC
    • learning design
    • learning analytics


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