Impact of MOOCs, CIDUI conference

Davinia Hernández Leo chaired on July 6th a panel on the impact of MOOCs. It was one of the monographic sessions of CIDUI 2016 conference. Davinia summarised five papers contributed by five teams of authors (see slides). Papers address the challenges around MOOCs and propose some solutions. This was followed by a debate by the authors with contributions by the audience.

Main topics included: challenges for educators and the institution; assessing the quality and impact of MOOCs; basic technological skills of educators and learners; and blended learning using MOOCs.

Davinia Hernández-Leo - Impact of MOOCs (CIDUI conference)

 

Conference “La Transformación de la Universidad a través de los MOOCs del siglo XXI” (The transformation of University through MOOCs in the 21st century)

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The MoocMaker project brings on july 29th the conference named “La transformación de la universidad a través de los MOOCs en el siglo XXI“, with the participation of Cátedra UNESCO, represented by Carlos Alario Hoyos at Galileo University, Guatemala.

This event is aimed to people working in e-Learning Area, or interested in learning and implementing MOOCs, and to general public, interested in knowing the main trends and implementations of MOOCs. This conference aims to raise awareness of the importance and relevance MOOCs currently have in development and strengthening of skills to promote employment, as well as show the benefits that teachers can get in this study methodology.

Speakers

  • Ph.D. Rocael Hernández Rizzardini, Universidad Galileo: “Presentación del proyecto MOOC – Maker

  • Ph.D. Carlos Alario Hoyos, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid: “Beneficios de los MOOCs para profesores universitarios

  • Ing. Miguel Morales Msc., Universidad Galileo: “La empleabilidad y los MOOCs

  • Licda. Mariela Román Msc. Universidad Panamericana: “Calidad de los MOOCs”

Live

Beginning: 8:00 a.m. local time, 04:00 p.m. spanish time
End: 12:00 local time, 20:00 spanish time.

Place

Torre 1, Salón 401, Campus Universidad Galileo, 7a. Avenida Calle Dr. Eduardo Suger Zona 10

 

Members of the RESET project at L@S’16 and LAK’16 conferences

The 6th International Conference on Learning Analytics and Knowledge

Members of the RESET project, José Ruipérez and Pedro J. Muñoz-Merino from UC3M, Alejandra Martínez-Monés from UVa, and Davinia Hernández-Leo from UPF, have participated in the 3rd Annual Conference on Learning at Scale (L@S’16) and the 6th International Conference on Learning Analytics and Knowledge (LAK’16). Participation include contributions to the main conferences and the co-organization and participation in a workshop on learning analytics across-spaces.

 

Publications:

LAK

Members of the RESET team in FutureLearn Partners Conference

Members of the RESET team in FutureLearn Partners Conference

FutureLearn , a prominent Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) provider, held its partners conference at Pompeu Fabra University, Barcelona on 11 and 12 April where over 20 existing and potential partners met and shared their experiences. Members of the RESET project participated in the event and Davinia Hernandez-Leo contributed to a panel discussion on “How to get the best out of social learning: a discussion on how to engage learners and provoke conversation”. She shared experiences from 3D Graphics for Web Developers MOOC, a project of GTI members in collaboration with UPF MOOC staff, that was finished its first cycle in March on FutureLearn platform exceeding 6000 participants. She explained different social learning mechanisms used within the course (eg: comments, discussions, FutureLearn platform filters such as mostly liked, followed, etc..), specifically the case of “PyramidApp”, an on-going research project of GTI-Learning team in the context of RESET project aimed at reformulating scalable educational ecosystems offering technological innovations.

Reset members participation in EMOOCS 2016 conference

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Researchers of the RESET team have participated in the EMOOCs 2016 (European MOOCs Stakeholders Summit) conference, held at Graz (Austria) from 22 to 24 February. Conference tracks include research, experiences, institutions and corporate, and a MOOC prior to the conference. EMOOCS 2016 has a wide participation of RESET research team members, which will present three papers and moderate two panels.

Papers:

  • Are higher education students registering and participating in MOOCs? The case of MiríadaX. Authors: L. Albó, D. Hernández-Leo, M. Oliver
  • Interactive activities: the key to learning programming with MOOCs. Authors: C. Alario-Hoyos, C. Delgado Kloos, I. Estévez-Ayres, C. Fernández-Panadero, J. Blasco, S. Pastrana, G. Suárez-Tangil, J. Villena-Román
  • Describing MOOC-based Hybrid initiatives: The H-MOOC Framework. Authors: M. Pérez-Sanagustín, I. Hilliger, C. Alario-Hoyos, C. Delgado Kloos, S. Rayyan

Panels:

  • Panel Session 1: Governmental Policy supporting MOOCs
    • Moderator: Carlos Delgado Kloos, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid.
    • Panelists:
      • Catherine Mongenet, FUN, France
      • Isabel Schünemann, Hochschulforum Digitalisierung, Stifterverband, Germany
      • Nigel Smith, Futurelearn, UK
      • Pierpaolo Limone, U Foggia, Italy
  • Panel Session 2: MOOCs and Accreditation
    • Moderator: Carlos Delgado Kloos, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid
    • Panelists:
      • Jenni Hayman, Instructional Designer Global Freshman Academy, Arizona State University, USA
      • Natalie Cernecka, Director of Partnerships, OpenClassrooms, France
      • Fabian Schumann, Iversity, Germany

Exchange of ideas between RESET and ECOLearning european project

Exchange of ideas between RESET and ECOLearning european project

Researchers of the RESET team at the University of Valladolid have hosted a small meeting with partners of the ECOLearning european project from the Segovia campus of the University of Valladolid, led by Alfonso Gutiérrez Martín. In the meeting, Alfonso Gutiérrez explained how the ECOLearning have proposed an european portal to access MOOC in which about 40.000 education practitioners have taken online courses, mostly on pedagogy and technology issues. Several of those practitioners are now creating their own MOOCs and offering them through the ECOLearning portal. There are some interesting lessons learned from this ongoing project related to the difficulties of implementing collaborative activities at large scales as well as some limitations found in existing technologies, that are relevant for the aims of the RESET project. Thus, testing the contributions of the RESET project with a subset of the ECO community is a promising area of future collaboration.

MiríadaX MOOC platform data analysis

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MiríadaX is the main Spanish MOOC provider, promoted by Telefónica, Universia and Banco Santander. MiríadaX offers MOOCs since 2013, most of them in Spanish, and few in Portuguese and English. In the context of the Cátedra Telefónica-UPF, where members of the RESET project participated, we have analyzed MiríadaX platform data up to the end of 2014, including data form 144 courses and 191,608 participants.

Part of the analysis, focused on understanding the behaviour of university students’ participation in MOOCs,  will be presented at the eMOOCs conference in March 2016.

Albó, L., Hernández-Leo, D., Oliver, M. (2016) Are higher education students registering and participating in MOOCs? The case of MiríadaX. EMOOCs 2016 conference, Graz, Austria. (more…)

Master thesis developed by researchers of RESET team receive several awards

The master thesis of Jose A. Ruiperez Valiente, which was supervised by Pedro J. Muñoz Merino, has received several awards. This master thesis is titled as “Design and Implementation of a Learning Analytics Module for the Khan Academy Platform” and both the author and supervisor are researchers of the RESET team.

This master thesis describes an approach to deal with the problem of making sense of raw data in educational environments. A part of this master thesis a set of indicators related to the learning process and also the visualization dashboard ALAS-KA were developed. Afterwards both the indicators and ALAS-KA were used to evaluate the learning process of students using Khan Academy platform. Currently ALAS-KA software is open source. The results have been very satisfactory including receiving the next following awards:

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Members of RESET team participate in a workshop on applying mixed methods and qualitative research in Social Sciences at UVA

Members of RESET team participate in a workshop on applying mixed methods and qualitative research in Social Sciences at UVA

Researchers of the RESET team at the University of Valladolid have sponsored and participated in a workshop offered by Jennifer Greene (University of Illinois, USA, see http://www.researchgate.net/profile/Jennifer_Greene4), an expert in applying mixed methods evaluation to human environments of rich social interaction, notably education. The workshop sessions, held in October 19-22, discussed how to plan and develop educational research that integrate mixed methods. She discussed and analyzed the diversity of methodological strategies, techniques and tools for research. Besides attending the workshop, some of the RESET researchers also had the opportunity to discuss in a private meeting the challenges of performing evaluations in context-aware ubiquitous learning environment, and the difficulties of this approach in large scale learning systems.