MOOCs as an adaptive learning tool

Autores UPV
CONGRESO MOOCs as an adaptive learning tool


In the recent years there has been a huge development in Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC) with the aim to ease the learning process and as a complement to the knowledge needed by the students. MOOCs have become an important tool at the universities to overcome any deficiencies freshmen can have. In this context we presented four MOOCs entitled ¿Basic Mathematics: Numbers and Terminology, Differentiability, Integrals and Algebra¿ aiming to match the freshmen¿s level in mathematics, mostly at engineering bachelors and secondary education. MOOCs have been developed didactically with short videos in order to motivate the students and to help them strengthen their knowledge and the skills needed for optimal performance. However, despite MOOCs are available on the platform UPV[X] or EdX and students can access them anytime, the participation rate has been low. For this reason we decided to use these courses to reinforce theoretical knowledge during the first year of college and to promote these courses as an educational complement in the years prior to enter the university among the students showing more difficulties in the learning process. The procedure has been based on tracking students with lower academic performance and those who have shown some mathematical problems and to offer them the opportunity to reinforce such knowledge through the use of MOOCs. This methodology is intended to enhance the motivation and improve the performance of the students, avoiding dropouts of unmotivated students. We compare the results of students joining these courses with the ones who declined it, obtaining a significant success with this adaptive methodology.