Understanding language: understanding MOOC learners

Adriana Wilde, Manuel Leon Urrutia, Kate Borthwick

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


Understanding Language: Learning and Teaching (UL) is a Massive Online Open Course (MOOC) that the University of Southampton provides on the FutureLearn platform. Here we position the UL MOOC against the others provided by our institution, looking at the data for each run of the UL course in order to assess how the course has changed over time. The data analysis has been performed using the MOOC Dashboard tool, which has facilitated the process of data exploration. The UL MOOC data has allowed us to better understand the profile of our learners as well as observing how informal learning has the potential to impact educators? practice.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 7th Annual Conference in the Innovative Language Teaching and Learning at University
Publication statusPublished - 16 Jun 2017
EventInnovative Language Teaching and Learning at University (InnoConf17) - Open University, Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
Duration: 16 Jun 2017 → …
Conference number: 7


ConferenceInnovative Language Teaching and Learning at University (InnoConf17)
Abbreviated titleInnoConf17
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
CityMilton Keynes
Period16/06/17 → …
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  • MOOCs
  • Data analytics
  • Learner characteristics
  • FutureLearn


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