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Evaluation and field trials of MOOC Platforms in the Spanish-speaking community

Carlos Turro- UPV

About Universitat Politcnica de Valencia

35.000 students 14 faculties Engineering, Architecture and Fine Arts

UPV-Learning technologies

2012/13 2010/11
iTunesU, Youtube Opencast Matterhorn Polimedia HD MOOCs UPV[x] MiriadaX MOOCs edX Automated transcription

LO Repository Politube 2006/08 OCW PoliformaT Synchronou Learning s Learning Objects Polimedia

Making MOOCs sounds natural for us

How to make a MOOC?

Produce the Content

Deploy on a Platform

Run the course

MOOC content

Assesments Forums

Producing content: Polimedia

10.000 Video Learning Objects from 1.400 different teachers

Producing content: Polimedia studio

2x -3x recording rate

Producing content: Doing it in a neutral (standard) format

Is is best to create the content in a neutral format for deploying on different platforms

UPV[x] in Google CourseBuilder

UPV[x] in miriadaX

Our experience in MOOCs

2013 2 with Google CourseBuilder 14 with MiriadaX 8 with Google CourseBuilder
First half of 2014 14 with Google CourseBuilder 3 with edX (4 new) (2 new)

(12 new) (2 new)

Our experience in MOOCs

2013 2 with Google CourseBuilder 14 with MiriadaX 8 with Google CourseBuilder
First half of 2014 14 with Google CourseBuilder 3 with edX

1178 students 76459 students 10908 students

Course detail at miriadaX

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Android apps programming Excel 2010 Internet Search Mobile devices for land engineering and management Deploying process improvement groups Challenges for Agriculture in XXI century Educational technologies Graph Theory applied to real life Chemical nomenclature Participative management Foundations on mechanics for engineers Football player valuation Valencian language C1 level preparation Foral valencian civil laws

Weeks 12 8 7 6 7 8 11 7 6 6 6 4 6 6

Enrolled 29543 10360 8477 6626 4210 3539 2783 2682 1825 1730 1633 1448 1367 236

Overall Numbers

Around 500 students/MOOC in GCB Around 3000 students/MOOC in MiriadaX

Around 15% students succcess rate

Overall Satisfaction
Yes Do you like this way of learning? Do you feel you have learnt? Do you like the videos? Video scheduling (OK/Slow/Fast) Video length (OK/Short/Long) Assesments (OK/Easy/Difficult) Doubt answering (OK/slow/Not enough) Difficulty (OK/Easy/Hard) No 96,9% Yes 52,9% 63,6% 2,4% 5% 16,5% 22,6% 3,10% Not much 21,55% 12,5% 13,4% 5,6% 3,3% 7,9%

A lot 25,1%
23,9% 84,2% 89,4% 80,2% 69,5%




Students nationalities
0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 1% 1% 1% 1% 2% 2% 2% 5% 6%

Espaa Colombia Mxico




Student demography

Student education level

2,4% 19,5% 7,3% 0,0% 0,6% 1,9% 17,2% Other None Primary Secondary High School College Master 51,0% PhD

A note about students effort

Courses are designed to take 3 hours a week, but

Our Google Course Builder experience

We began with GCB because it was easy to start with Made for developers, not for teachers

Teachers need heavy support from IT services Python development skills required

Cheap Tied to Google: accounts, videos in Youtube (no SPOCs)

Our MiriadaX experience

Developed by Telefonica using Liferay.

Designed for MOOC. Let you use videos from Youtube or upload them, incorporate html only pages and activities (a,b,c quizzes or P2P) and it had its forums and teacher interface.

Its major drawback at the time we used it (first half of 2013) was the very low usability for teachers.

Limited options for activities Peer to peer activities very problematic. For instance It was impossible to work with mathematical formulas without making a tedious image cut and paste Impossible to download student data

So, in summary, we think that the version of MiriadaX we used should be considered a beta edition, with many things to solve (even as some of them were solved during the courses). Course dissemination is much better in a bigger platform We had some problems with rights agreements between the three parties involved: teachers, university and MiriadaX

So at the end

We are quite happy with the results of our MOOC program in 2013 You will achieve different enrollment depending on the platform that you use We are migrating to OpenEdx for our 2014 MOOCs

and we will tell you @EMOOCs 2015 ;-)


Ignacio Despujol Carlos Turro

ndespujol@asic.upv.es turro@cc.upv.es