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EMMA: Launch of first multilingual MOOCs underway

October 2014 is an important month for EMMA with the launch of the first round of multilingual MOOCs. These MOOCs cover a range of different subjects from Blended Learning to Management of Cultural Enterprises, from Searching on the Internet to Climate Change. Each MOOC lasts between 6 and 8 weeks and is offered by one of the EMMA university partners; Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II, Italy, Open Universiteit, Netherlands, Universidade Aberta, Portugal, University of Leicester, UK and Universitat Politècnica de València, Spain. This first catalogue of courses are all offered in at least 2 languages including Spanish, English, Italian, Portuguese, Dutch and Catalan and learners are welcome to test out the learning platform in multiple languages as they find the course that best meets their needs and interests. EMMA is experimental in nature and so feedback from the wider educational community is welcome to help us to improve the platform. Check out the website for the latest EMMA info: 

Data analysis in EMMA: Learning about Learners, Learning Needs, Learning Uptake
by Chiara Ferrari, IPSOS, Italy and Eleonora Pantò, CSP – Innovazione nelle ICT S.C.A R.L, Italy

MOOCs are currently a hot topic in the debate inflaming education communities and they are also the source of adversarial opinions as to their value, their contribution to teaching and learning and their ability to meet learners’ evolving learning needs. Formal data analysis of MOOCs has been underway for quite some time, and it has taken various approaches and often quite different forms, producing a wealth of outputs and reports.  Such outputs can point to conflicting conclusions but mostly they concur that MOOCs represent a healthy injection of disruption in current models of Higher Education. MOOCs may well represent a unique opportunity for smaller institutions despite the fact that many hesitate to engage in them, due to a lack of perceived capacity and/or opportunity.
This opportunity can be seized by joining the EMMA pilot – the first European Multiple MOOCs Aggregator whose programme of data analysis is a powerful combination of various methodologies which will deliver useful insights as to how to make the most out of the new platform.
Current and potential EMMA partners can avail of a full set of tools including:
  • a tracking tool created by  CSP
  • a learning analytics model customized to EMMA functions  developed by Tallin University along with  a teacher/student dashboard
  • a socio-demographic profiling possibility collected within the platform registration procedure and a full set of data on expectations and needs collected via a questionnaire designed by Ipsos. The platform interaction experience and the learning experience will also be evaluated by the users, via an ad hoc set of questions developed by Ipsos
The combination of this significant range of data will allow EMMA partners to promote various and diverse actions, some of which are of operational nature (e.g. to adapt the platform to users’ needs, to fine-tune MOOC material to learners’ requests, …), others are of a more cognitive nature: the objective is to promote a better knowledge of learners based on the different ways in which they interact with EMMA.

Here are some examples of the questions the data analysis will enable the partners to answer, they are presented in random order and relate to very diverse areas of exploration:
  • In what categories / clusters do EMMA learners fit; are there some especially interesting sub-populations, which might drive future MOOC design?
  • How does the level of engagement in a MOOC change in relation to the presence of certain types of materials / activities?
  • Does the unique multilingual approach, typical of EMMA, represent an asset for learners?
  • Does the innovative building blocks feature offered by EMMA represent an opportunity?
  • Are there specific variables which can be used as predictors of success for a MOOC?
More to come, of course, along with the evolution and growth of EMMA and with the first insights which will be captured and disseminated early next year.

Enrol in our MOOCs starting in October

See all MOOCs 

23 - 24 Oct 2014 


Open and Flexible Higher Education Conference, Krakow, Poland

30 - 31 Oct 2014 

ECEL 2014

13th European Conference on e-Learning, Copenhagen, Denmark

13-15 Nov 2014 


National Italian congress for research on world education -  Italian Society of E-learning, Perugia, Italy

20 - 21 Nov 2014 

M&L 2014

Media & Learning Conference, Brussels, Belgium

27 Nov 2014 

HOME project Conference

Higher education Online: MOOCs the European way
Porto, Portugal

3- 5 Dec 2014


International conference on technology supported learning training, Berlin, Germany

Seminar platform for MOOCs

October 8, 2014 Wilfred Rubens of EMMA-partner Open University in the Netherlands talked about the OpenU-platform that OUNL uses for the provision of massive open online courses at a seminar about MOOC-platforms, presenting the EMMA - platform. See the presentation here 

EMMA will be present at the EADTU Conference, Krakow

EMMA will be present at the EADTU Conference (The Open and Flexible Higher Education Conference 2014) in Krakow which will be held from 23 to 24 October.The first presentation will give you a chance to learn more about the EMMA (European Mutiple MOOC Aggregator) project in general: its objectives and its challenges, a second presentation will focus on the EMMA learning analytics approach, and in particular on the question: “how to support instructors and learners in a MOOC scenario?” The EADTU’s annual Conference 2014 is hosted by AGH University of Science and Technology, find more info on the conference website.

Launch your MOOC on EMMA

If you are a teacher or content provider, you are welcome to be part of EMMA, all you need to do is send us your proposal for a course on and we will contact you to check and agree how best to host your course on EMMA. Learn more.
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