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Scaffolding self-learning in MOOCs

Israel Gutirrez-Rojas, Carlos Alario-Hoyos, Mar Prez-Sanagustn, Derick Leony, Carlos Delgado-Kloos
calario@it.uc3m.es, dleony@it.uc3m.es
Lausanne, 10th February 2014

Unemployment rate in Spain: 26.03% (January 2014)

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Most MOOC participants are Bachelors and Above

Source: MIT
http://odl.mit.edu/mitx-working-papers

http://www.flickr.com/photos/goodimages/224036413

How can MOOCs be useful for training (unemployed) people without Higher Education?

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We need MOOCs targeting the needs of people without Higher Education

Lack of study skills and work habits


Survey with 41 second-year Higher Education students Great heterogeneity regarding study times and schedules Need for rescheduling the study times several times per week Lack of social study (with colleagues or course forums) Lack of support from mentors that helped them plan their study Most students could not follow online course Almost anyone finished an online course

http://www.flickr.com/photos/scubasteveo/296747958

MyLearningMentor
An application for supporting the development of study skills and work habits in MOOCs

http://www.flickr.com/photos/tulanesally/3349979270

Requirements obtained from survey


Tool must be distributed as a mobile application

Tool must be customizable to different profiles


Tool must include an adaptable daily-planner Tool must rely on crowd-sourced information

Tool must provide tips and hints to make the most of MOOCs
Tool must serve as a meeting point for volunteer mentors
http://www.flickr.com/photos/28668804@N00/2842301423

Architecture

http://www.flickr.com/photos/30581648@N00/4721135346

UI: Personalization

Mobile application

Customizable
http://www.flickr.com/photos/jepoirrier/349613923

UI: Crowd-sourced

Contribute information
http://www.flickr.com/photos/howardlake/11314620234

UI: Planner and tips

Daily Planner

Tips and hints / Mentors


http://www.flickr.com/photos/silent-penguin/232394

Discussion
Planning and tips based on time management strategies (Dembo, 2004): Regular study periods Short breaks Prioritizing tasks Improvement of planning based on successful strategies

Application in work settings

http://www.flickr.com/photos/boellstiftung/6322064224

Next steps
Continue implementation following an agile methodology Review of mockups by target users Development of application taking feedback into account Evaluate provision of study skills through experiments

Provide synchronous communication with mentors


Integration with course recommenders: moocrank Closer integration with MOOC platforms
http://www.flickr.com/photos/tobanblack/3251282019

(3.3.B01)

Questions?