Posts tagged pedagogy

Defining a Pedagogical Model: The TU Delft Online Learning Experience

tudelft-online-learning-experienceThis paper was presented at the EDEN 2015 conference in Barcelona from 9-12 June 2015 by Nelson Jorge, Sofia Dopper and Willem van Valkenburg.


In early 2014, the Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) started an innovation program with the aim to respond even more effectively to recent developments in open and online education. Drawing on the fields of Distance Education research and the university’s vision of the “engineer of the future”, TU Delft’s Extension School created a unified pedagogical model – the Online Learning Experience (OLE) – contributing to greater consistency in the development of online courses. Continue reading

EMOOCs2015: Reconsidering Retention in MOOCs: the Relevance of Formal Assessment and Pedagogy

emoocs2015-proceeding-papers-coverPaper presented at the European Stakeholders summit on experiences and best practices in and around MOOCs in Mons, Belgium (18-20 May 2015).


The motivation to enrol in a MOOC is more diverse than the motivation for a conventional course. This diversity requires re-conceptualization of the terms for enrolment, participation, and achievement. The paper addresses the concept of retention and focuses on engagement relative to assessment. Student retention is often used to determine the value of higher education. In this paper we argue that retention data about specific groups of students

can supply valuable insights to improve MOOC design and align expectations. The paper reports three short studies conducted to gain insights into disengagement from assessment, based on the data gathered in the first five DelftX MOOCs. The empirical part of the paper demonstrates that retention rates in relation to formal assessment vary from course to course. In the analysed case, fewer learners disengaged from the formal assessment in the course with highest degree of student autonomy, high learning support and scaffolds. Consistently across courses, learners who received lower grades on the first assessment task, tend to disengage from further assessment.


De Vries, P., Hennis, T., Skrypnyk, A., (2015). Reconsidering Retention in MOOCs: the Relevance of Formal Assessment and Pedagogy in Proceedings Paper EMOOCs 2015 (page 168-173):

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