La certificación de los MOOC. Ventajas, desafíos y experiencias prácticas

Michael Kopp, Martin Ebner

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In general, participants use MOOCs for individual learning purposes by selecting certain contents of a MOOC in which they are interested. Simultaneously, MOOCs are used in the context of online-lectures offered to students who must or may enroll for a specific course to earn credits. However, many participants do not successfully complete all units of a MOOC. Therefore, completion rates – in general – are rather low.
Certificates like PDF-documents or electronic badges can be an adequate stimulation to complete a course. This research raises the questions, how the certification of MOOC-participants can be managed and if certificates have an impact on completion rates. Firstly, general aspects of certification are discussed. This is followed by a practical insight into the certification practice based on experiences of the Austrian MOOC-platform iMooX operators. As a conclusion, results are summarized and related challenges and further research questions are addressed.
Translated title of the contributionCertification of MOOCs – Advantages, Challenges and Practical Experiences
Original languageSpanish
Pages (from-to)83-100
JournalRevista española de pedagogía
Issue number266
Publication statusPublished - 4 Feb 2017

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