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Title: Designing Massive Open Online Learning Processes: The importance of the social element
Authors: Brouns, Francis
Texeira, António
Morgado, Lina
Fano, Santiago
Fueyo, Aquilina
Jansen, Darco
Keywords: ECO
open online education
European MOOC design
social, connectivist
collaborative model
Issue Date: 2016
Publisher: Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Citation: Brouns, F., Teixeira, A., Morgado, L., Fano, S., Fueyo, A., & Jansen, D. (2016). Designing Massive Open Online Learning Processes: The importance of the social element. In M. Jemni, M. Koutheair Khribi, & Kinshuk (Eds.), Open Education: from OERs to MOOCs. Lecture Notes in Educational Technology (pp. 315-336). Germany, Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg. doi:10.1007/978-3-662-52925-6
Series/Report no.: Lecture Notes in Educational Technology;
Abstract: MOOCs as provision of open and online education have become phenomena in higher education that can’t be dismissed. While MOOCs might have originated in the US, the model used there does not fit well with the European take on education. In this chapter we describe an alternative more collaborative approach of MOOC design. This approach is based on a model already tested in practice and has been further elaborated and evaluated in the ECO project. The pedagogical framework is based on the notion that MOOCs should be designed to accommodate the specific context of open online education with its heterogeneity of learner needs. It differs very much from a traditional classroom approach and needs to put the learner center-stage in a social networked learning environment. We describe the characteristics of such a pedagogical framework and explain how digital inclusion, ubiquitous learning and gamification can provide affordances for active participation of learners that meet the learners’ needs. We illustrate how these aspects have been implemented in ECO sMOOCs and provide the first, positive, user evaluations of this approach.
Description: This is a pre-print for personal use only. Please refer to the Springer website for the official, published version
ISSN: 2196-4963
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