Posted in September 2014

SEFI2014: Understanding social learning behaviours of xMOOC completers

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This paper is about the experiences with the first two MOOCs developed and executed at the Delft University of Technology (TUD) on the edX platform. The courses Solar Energy (ET3034TU) and Introduction to Water Treatment (CTB3365) have a long tradition at the TUD as regular campus courses with a good reputation worldwide. The focus of Solar Energy was on the discovery of solar energy power and the design of a complete photovoltaic system. This was done by introducing the students to the technology for the conversion of solar energy into electricity, heat and solar fuels with a main focus on electricity generation. The focus of the Water Treatment course was to learn about urban water services, including basic drinking water and wastewater treatment technologies. These two treatment chains were described as well as the physical, chemical and biological processes involved. The emphasis was on water quality and the functionality of each unit process within the treatment chain. In relation to their “MOOC”-characteristics, similarly to many other xMOOCs, these two DelftX courses had low completion rates, “knowledge-acquisition” approach to learning design, and relatively low forum activity.


De Vries, P., Hennis, T., Skrypnyk, A., (2014). Understanding social learning behaviours of xMOOC completers (paper ID 66) in Proceedings of SEFI Annual Conference 2014. ISBN: 978-2-87352-004-5


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