The main priority tackled in the colMOOC project identifies that there is a need to make MOOCs more collaborative to support teachers and engage and motivate students

Conversational pedagogical agents guide and support student dialogue using natural language both in individual and collaborative settings. Conversational agents have been produced to meet a wide variety of applications and studies exploring the usage of such agents have led to positive results. Integrating this type of conversational

agents into MOOCs to trigger peer interaction in discussion groups is expected to considerably increase the engagement and the commitment of online students (and, consequently, reduce MOOCs dropout rate).

With the usage of learning analytics more meaningful assessment may be achieved since educators can evaluate the work’s progress during each step and adapt the following steps accordingly. This also enables learners to reflect on each specific step and ensure they have obtained the necessary knowledge to progress effectively.

Three pilot MOOCs are developed. They will be available in three well-known worldwide MOOC platforms, explore the impact of the proposed smart tools on all stakeholders and advance a "smart learning technologies" agenda in MOOCs to account for more productive teachers and more satisfied and engaged learners:

  1. Programming for Non-Programmers Programming: skills are not only a major asset for getting hired for developing software but also allow to better understand and co-design with a development team. Programming skills are required to use, build, and maintain digital infrastructures for managing and compiling data. Participating universities: ARISTOTLE UNIVERSITY OF THESSALONIKI (AUTh), Centre for Research & Technology, Hellas (CERTH) Platform: Open eClass and Open Delos Multimedia Platform of GUNET (Greek Universities Network)

  2. Computational Thinking is a systematic and creative approach to problem-solving. This involves analysis and formalization of complex problems, understanding and developing feasible, technical solutions, as well as divergent and convergent ways of thinking. Participating universities: SAARLAND UNIVERSITY (SU), AARHUS UNIVERSITY (AU) Platform: Learnworlds of Learnworlds

  3. Educational Technologies in the Classroom: new technologies enhance learning through dynamic, interactive, multi-media formats in simulations, web-videos, and games. Advanced technologies enable new forms to aggregate and visualize data for feedback to students and teachers. Participating universities: UNIVERSITY OF VALLADOLID (UVa), OPEN UNIVERSITY OF CATALUNIA (UOC) Platform: Miríadax of Telefonica Educación Digital.

A minimum of 400 students and 50 employees is expected to be involved in each one of the pilots.

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