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Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) constitute one of the most discussed trends in Open Education in postsecondary education institutions. The emergence of the MOOC phenomena has challenged traditional institutional strategies and recognition schemes and, at the same time, has offered new opportunities for higher education students and Lifelong learners.

MOOCKnowledge is a 3-year study that aims to develop a knowledge base with a European view on MOOCs through continuous and systematic collection and analysis of data on existing MOOC initiatives to advance scientific understanding of this new phenomenon.

The study consists of a series of surveys (in different time periods) of the learners of MOOCs offered by the OpenUpEd partners and other European providers willing to collaborate with the study.

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Building a knowledge base for European MOOCs



The study consortium wants to make agreements with as many MOOC providers as possible to produce large-scale data basis allowing analysing the MOOC-phenomenon from a European perspective based on scientific evidence.


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Information for MOOC providers: please click here to download the leaflet


A policy and scientific relevant study

MOOCKnowledge is a contribution to the overall Europe 2020 strategy by European Commission and provides support to the follow up of the  2013 EC communication on “Opening up Education: Innovative teaching and learning for all through new Technologies and Open Educational Resources”. It is part of the sutdy on strategies for Open Education (OpenEdu).

On the research side, MOOCKnowledge aims to cover some gaps identified during the conceptualization phase of the study.



    • European scale & cross provider
      Scientific research on MOOCs has been mainly based on in depth analysis of specific courses. Therefore, there are still no cross-provider and large scale data collection. MOOCKnowledge aims to overcome this limitation by building a European-scale data base. The scale of the MOOCKnowledge study will allow benchmarking activities between MOOCS and comparability between learner profiles and experiences.
    • Focus on the demand side
      Although there is some data on the evolution of the supply side of the MOOC phenomena at a European level, very little can be found on the demand side. The MOOCKnowledge study aims to cover this gap by focusing on the collection of data among learners of MOOCS offered by European institutions.
    • Research-topic gaps
      In addition to the more common issues like the profile of the learners, motivations, satisfaction, recognition options etc. MOOCKnowledge will explore some topics identified as research gaps during the planning phase of the study:

      • The gap between intention and behaviour of the MOOC participants. To study this aspect the reasoned action approach (Fishbein & Ajzen, 2010) and self-determination theory (Ryan & Deci, 2000) have been incorporated in the analytical model of the research.
        MOOCKnowledge Analytical Model

      • The returns of MOOC-education to the learners. Using longitudinal data MOOCKnowledge will study the impact of MOOCs on career development and formal study success and its variation depending on learners and course characteristics. The large scale of the study it is expected to generate evidence not only about the effects of MOOCs on majority learners but also on minority groups (e.g. unemployed, or learners without a previous degree




    Additionally, language learning through MOOCs and the role of the feedback are also topics covered in-depth by the study.



The MOOCKnowledge study is funded by the European Commission's Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (IPTS). It is being jointly carried out by IPTS and a consortium of three universities (OUNL, UPM and UOC). The MOOCKnowledge research team is composed by Jonatan Castaño-Muñoz, Andreia Inamorato dos Santos and Yves Punie (IPTS); Marco Kalz, Jaap Walhout, Karel Kreijns and Ge Niellissen (OUUNL); Edmundo Tovar and Rosa Cabedo (UPM); and Teresa Guasch, Anna Espasa and Nikolaos Floratos (UOC).



Project Leader (ICT for Learning & Skills): Yves Punie

Project coordinator (MOOCKnowledge): Jonatan Castaño Muñoz

OpenEdu research team: Andreia Inamorato dos Santos, Jonatan Castaño Muñoz, Yves Punie


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