ZML Didaktik / Innovative Learning Scenarios

Reflecting the cope15 MOOC

Posted on: June 26, 2015

About three weeks ago our cope15 MOOC was finished successfully.


First let’s speak about numbers:

  • 460 learners from 32 countries were registered in our MOOC, 302 (66%) were at least once active.
  • Mostly they were students from our university but some of them came from other universities as well and a small group were lifelong learners.
  • All together there were 48,738 views at the cope15 website, in April on average 1304 views a day, in May 699.
  • The learners wrote more than 4100 comments at the cope15 website mostly as answer to the assignments. There was no interaction in the Google+ community and few activities in the Facebook group.
  • 126 learners (27,4% of the registered learners, 42% of the learners who were at least one time active) got a badge – 102 business students, but as well students from social work, information design, communication design and construction. 6 lifelong learners got a badge.

The topics of the week were about online learning, global collaboration, business and communication. This was the distribution of interaction during the cope15 weeks:

As usual in MOOCs there were many activities during the first two weeks. In the following 4 weeks about 25% of the registered learners were active. 37 (8%) contributed to all weeks, and 49/50 (10%) to four respectively five weeks.

There were some differences to last year’s cope14 MOOC. This year nearly all the activities were conducted on the website via comments. The business students were the drivers of the common learning process and the exchange. Last year in cope14 there were more learners without sound knowledge of business topics. Therefore they posted their questions to be discussed in the weekly videoconference. This year there were only a few or no questions at all which made the exchange with the experts of the week not that exciting.

The update of the content worked well. Whereas last year there was too much content in one week this year all weeks worked really well. In the reflection of week six the learners stated that they were satisfied with the MOOC and that they learned a lot.

We used the footprints of emergence again to evaluate the learning process. 49 learners created their footprint, especially interesting is the work of Alex who was a learner in the cope14 and the cope15 MOOC. I plan to write a post about footprints soon.


Footprints of Alex, left: reflection of cope14, right: reflection of cope15

In cope14 and cope15 there were two moderators who monitored all activities and supported the learners and experts. On large A3 sheets I tried to document all the comments and interaction. In this way I had the feeling to get to know a rather large number of learners. I believe that bonding facilitates learning and I like to care for my online groups.


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