Improving the MOOC learning outcomes throughout informal learning activities.

Cita: Fidalgo-Blanco, Á., Sein-Echaluce, M. L., García-Peñalvo, F. J., & Escaño, J. E. (2014, October). Improving the MOOC learning outcomes throughout informal learning activities. In Proceedings of the second international conference on Technological Ecosystems for Enhancing Multiculturality (pp. 611-617).

Title

Improving the MOOC learning outcomes throughout informal learning activities.

Abstract

The Massive Open Online Courses (hereafter referred to as MOOC) were born as a space where the university could offer training outside of the boundaries of the classroom and based on informal and social learning.

The characteristics of the MOOC: massification, heterogeneity of profiles, professions, educational levels and origin, to encourage informal learning by means of social technology. Nevertheless, the current MOOC are based on methodologies and technology linked with formal learning, moving the university academic model to the so-called XMOOC. In this article, an XMOOC has been designed and imparted that integrates informal learning activities.

The study demonstrates that people that have undertaken activities based on informal learning have a better perception of the result of their learning. Similarly, those activities break current boundaries of the MOOC as is the continuity of the learning once the MOOC has been completed.

The study also deals with establishing variables that allow the identification of a profile with willingness to carry out informal learning activities.

Authors

Ángel Fidalgo-Blanco (angel.fidalgo@upm.es) Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, España

María Luisa Sein-Echaluce (mlsein@unizar.es) Universidad de Zaragoza, España

Francisco José García-Peñalvo (fgarcia@usal.es) Universidad de Salamanca, España

Javier Esteban-Escaño (javeste@unizar.es) Universidad de Zaragoza, España

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