Certification of MOOCs. Advantages, Challenges and Practical Experiences

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

Michael Kopp, Martín Ebner

DOI: https://doi.org/10.22550/REP75-1-2017-0

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.

 

Cite this article as: Kopp, M. & Ebner, M. (2017). La certificación de los MOOC. Ventajas, desafíos y experiencias prácticas. | Certification of MOOCs. Advantages, Challenges and Practical ExperiencesRevista Española de Pedagogía, 75 (266), 83-100. doi: https://doi.org/10.22550/REP75-1-2017-0

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Michael Kopp. Universidad Tecnológica de Graz, Austria.
Martin Ebner. Universidad Tecnológica de Graz, Austria.