Analysing the Impact of Built-In and External Social Tools in a MOOC on Educational Technologies

  • Carlos Alario-Hoyos
  • Mar Pérez-Sanagustín
  • Carlos Delgado-Kloos
  • Hugo A. Parada G.
  • Mario Muñoz-Organero
  • Antonio Rodríguez-de-las-Heras
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 8095)


MOOCs have been a disruptive educational trend in the last months. Some MOOCs just replicate traditional teaching pedagogies, adding multimedia elements like video lectures. Others go beyond, trying to engage the massive number of participants by promoting discussions and relying on their contributions to the course. MOOC platforms usually provide some built-in social tools for this purpose, although instructors or participants may suggest others to foster discussions and crowdsourcing. This paper analyses the impact of two built-in (Q&A and forum) and three external social tools (Facebook, Twitter and MentorMob) in a MOOC on educational technologies. Most of the participants agreed on the importance of social tools to be in touch with their partners and share information related to the course, the forum being the one preferred. Furthermore, the lessons learned from the enactment of this MOOC employing social tools are summarized so that others may benefit from them.


MOOCs Social Tools Educational Technologies Crowdsourcing 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Carlos Alario-Hoyos
    • 1
  • Mar Pérez-Sanagustín
    • 1
  • Carlos Delgado-Kloos
    • 1
  • Hugo A. Parada G.
    • 1
  • Mario Muñoz-Organero
    • 1
  • Antonio Rodríguez-de-las-Heras
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Telematic EngineeringUniversidad Carlos III de MadridLeganésSpain
  2. 2.Faculty of Humanities, Communication and DocumentationUniversidad Carlos III de MadridGetafeSpain

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