Storytelling and Innovative Digital Techniques Which Increase Motivation Levels of MOOC Participants

  • Maria ThirouardEmail author
  • Clement Cahagne
  • Olivier Bernaert
  • David Jehl
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 11475)


As the number of MOOCs increase over the years, more data has become available which show poor completion rates (on average between 5 and 10%). IFP School has been producing MOOCs since 2014 introducing innovative pedagogical techniques to improve learner motivation by integrating games into our MOOC’s.

In our latest MOOC: ‘Tomorrow’s Mobility’, in addition to the gaming element that has proven to be successful, storytelling techniques were used that created a narrative thread which was integrated with the technical knowledge that was presented. A charming character was created that accompanied the learners throughout the entire MOOC resulting in a special relationship between the learners and the MOOC course.

In this paper we describe how this MOOC was built through the use of this character and the other pedagogical innovation that was introduced. The results show an unusual environment that increased the learners motivation to help the character. Since helping the character meant going through the different activities proposed in the MOOC, in our opinion, it was the main reason that led to the high completion rate of 20% that was obtained.


MOOC Completion rates Storytelling Serious games Gamification Mentoring Augmented reality Virtual reality 



The authors will like to thank all the IFP School faculty team, as well as IFP Training and VEDECOM for their participation in this project. We also thank aPi learning and RiseUp for their technical support. We also thank Beatrice Lhuillier for her sketch notes production for this MOOC. Finally, we thank all of those who helped and supported us in making this MOOC a success.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Maria Thirouard
    • 1
    Email author
  • Clement Cahagne
    • 1
  • Olivier Bernaert
    • 1
  • David Jehl
    • 2
  1. 1.IFP SchoolRueil Malmaison CedexFrance
  2. 2.Rise UpParisFrance

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