“Does taking a MOOC as a complement for remedial courses have an effect on my learning outcomes?” published at EC-TEL 2016

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The article “Does taking a MOOC as a complement for remedial courses have an effect on my learning outcomes? A pilot study on calculus” written by Mar Pérez-Sanagustín, Josefina Hernández, Claudio Gelmi, Isabel Hilliger and Fernanda Rodríguez will be published in EC-TEL 2016. This paper presents the results of a pilot study about students’ adoption and learning outcomes of 4 MOOCs proposed as a complementary resource for traditional remedial courses on calculus.

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The data analysis shows that up to 16% of the students were active in the MOOCs under study, mostly during the days before taking the diagnostic exam that preceded the traditional face-to-face remedial courses. We observe that active students had more chances of passing the diagnostic exam and skipping the required remedial courses. However, we found no significant differences on the remedial course exam scores between the students that were active in the MOOCs and those that were not. These findings suggest that MOOCs are a good solution to strengthen-ing skills and reviewing concepts, but that more guidance is needed when used as a complement to traditional f2f courses.

The article is currently in press.

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