Developing a MOOC experimentation platform: insights from a user study

Vitomir Kovanović, Charalampos Michail, Srećko Joksimović, George Siemens, Philip Katerinopoulos, Dragan Gašević

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In 2011, the phenomenon of MOOCs had swept the world of education and put online education in the focus of the public discourse around the world. Although researchers were excited with the vast amounts of MOOC data being collected, the benefits of this data did not stand to the expectations due to several challenges. The analyses of MOOC data are very time-consuming and labor-intensive, and require and require a highly advanced set of technical skills, often not available to the education researchers. Because of this MOOC data analyses are rarely done before the courses end, limiting the potential of data to impact the student learning outcomes and experience. In this paper we introduce MOOCito (MOOC intervention tool), a user-friendly software platform for the analysis of MOOC data, that focuses on conducting data-informed instructional interventions and course experimentations. We cover important design principles behind MOOCito and provide an overview of the trends in MOOC research leading to its development. Although a work-inprogress, in this paper, we outline the prototype of MOOCito and the results of a user evaluation study that focused on system's perceived usability and ease-of-use. The results of the study are discussed, as well as their practical implications.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLAK '17 Conference Proceedings
Subtitle of host publicationthe Seventh International Learning Analytics and Knowledge Conference: Understanding, Informing and Improving Learning with Data
EditorsInge Molenaar, Xavier Ochoa, Shane Dawson
Place of PublicationNew York NY USA
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Number of pages5
ISBN (Print)9781450348706
Publication statusPublished - 13 Mar 2017
Externally publishedYes
EventInternational Learning Analytics & Knowledge Conference 2017 - Morris J Wosk Centre for Dialogue, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada
Duration: 13 Mar 201717 Mar 2017
Conference number: 7th


ConferenceInternational Learning Analytics & Knowledge Conference 2017
Abbreviated titleLAK 2017
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  • A/B testing
  • Analysis platform
  • Controlled experiments
  • Coursera
  • MOOCs
  • Technology acceptance model
  • User study

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