MOOCs, Learning Analytics and OER: An Impactful Trio for the Future of Education!

Martin Ebner*, Sandra Schön

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This paper discusses the general thesis that massive open online courses (in short MOOC), open educational resources (in short OER) and learning analytics are an impactful trio for future education, especially if combined. The contribution bases upon our practical experience as service providers and researchers in the department “Educational Technology” at Graz University of Technology (TU Graz) in Austria. The team members provide support to lecturers, teachers and researchers in these addressed fields for several years now, for example as host of the MOOC platform, providing only OER since 2015. Within this contribution, we will show, against some doubtful or conflicting opinions and positions, that (a) MOOCs are opening-up education; (b) learning analytics give insights and support learning, not only online learning, if implemented in MOOCs; and (c) that OER has the potential for sustainable resources, innovations and even more impact, especially if implemented in MOOCs.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationComputer Supported Education
Subtitle of host publicationCSEDU 2020
EditorsH. Chad Lane, Susan Zvacek, James Uhomoibhi
Place of PublicationCham
PublisherSpringer International Publishing AG
Number of pages16
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-86439-2
Publication statusPublished - 9 Oct 2021
Event12th International Conference on Computer Supported Education: CSEDU 2020 - Online, Virtuell, Prague, Czech Republic
Duration: 2 May 20204 May 2020

Publication series

NameCommunications in Computer and Information Science
Volume1473 CCIS
ISSN (Print)1865-0929
ISSN (Electronic)1865-0937


Conference12th International Conference on Computer Supported Education
Abbreviated titleCSEDU 2020
Country/TerritoryCzech Republic
CityVirtuell, Prague
Internet address


  • Higher education
  • Impact
  • Innovation
  • Learning analytics
  • Massive open online courses
  • Open educational resources
  • Open-up education

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mathematics(all)
  • Computer Science(all)

Fields of Expertise

  • Information, Communication & Computing

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