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[publication] MOOCs as granular systems: design patterns to foster participant activity

Our publication about „MOOCs as granular systems: design patterns to foster participant activity“ is now published as part of the new eLearning papers issue.

Abstract:

MOOCs often suffer from high drop-out and low completion rates. At the beginning of the course, the audience is indeed “massive”; thousands of people wait for the course to begin, but in the end only a low number of participants stay active and complete the course. This paper answers the research question “Is there a specific point during an xMOOC where learners decide to drop out of the course or to become lurkers?” by identifying MOOCs as a challenging learning setting with a “drop-out problem” and a decrease in participant activity after the fourth to fifth course week. These are the first results of a Learning Analytics view on participant activity within three Austrian MOOCs. This “drop-out point” led the paper to introduce a design pattern or strategy to overcome the “drop-out point”: “Think granular!” can be seen as an instructional design claim for MOOCs in order to keep participant activity and motivation high, and that results in three design patterns: four-week MOOCs, granular certificates and suspense peak narratives

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Reference: Lackner, E., Ebner, M., Khalil, M. (2015) MOOCs as granular systems: design patterns to foster participant activity, eLearning Papers, 42 (2015), pp. 28-37

[publication] Offering cMOOCs Collaboratively: The COER13 Experience from the Convenors’ Perspective

Our publication on „Offering cMOOCs Collaboratively: The COER13 Experience from the Convenors’ Perspective“ was not only published in the proceeding of the eMOOCs conference, but also as part of the Special Issue of the eLearning Papers Issue 37, titled „Experiences and best practices in and around MOOCs„.

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Reference: Arnold, P., Kumar, S., Thillosen, A. & Ebner, M. (2014) Offering cMOOCs collaboratively: The COER13 experience from the convenor’s perspective, In: eLeanrning Papers, 37, pp. 63-68