Blending MOOCs in Face-to-Face Teaching and Studies

Anne-Mette Nortvig, Karsten Gynther, Peter Bukovica Gundersen

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The impetus for this study stems from two opposing tendencies in the current Danish educational system. On one hand, there is a growing demand for improvements in both student satisfaction rates and dropout rates. On the other hand, there have been steady cuts in resources, particularly in terms of hours allotted for lecturers to meet existing demands.
In order to design solutions to this challenge, this study collaborated with three educators and their 73 students in a teacher training faculty in Denmark, where Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are already produced and available for teaching integration. The study experiments with different ways of letting MOOCs play supplementary roles in students’ study work. The main research question we seek to answer is, thus, how MOOCs can contribute to improvements in teaching quality without increasing the number of lectures, while simultaneously supporting students in obtaining higher degrees of independence in study activities.
The data are collected through literature reviews, interviews with the participants and observations of on-campus teaching integrating MOOC content. The resulting mixed data will be analysed using constant comparisons inspired by grounded theory. The paper will categorise former design experiments with MOOCs in blended settings, and, using design workshops and interviews with educators as our point of departure, we will sketch and discuss various models for blending MOOCs with face-to-face teaching and supporting structures for students’ independent work in MOOCs outside campus.
Original languageEnglish
Publication date2016
Publication statusPublished - 2016
EventEuropean Conference on E-learning - Faculty of Education at Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic
Duration: 27 Oct 201628 Oct 2016


ConferenceEuropean Conference on E-learning
LocationFaculty of Education at Charles University
Country/TerritoryCzech Republic
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