UX thoughts about MOOCS

Studying user experience and engagement in Coursera

About this blog

The UX thoughts published in this blog are preliminary insights acquired during a research project carried out at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign (UIUC)  to study user experience, engagement and learning paths in MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) and improve the courses offered by UIUC at the Coursera Platform.

The blog is aimed at spreading the word about User Experience and contributing to a better understanding of UX principles using  real examples from Coursera ( a known environment for more than 3 million people around the world). And at the same time, we are trying to understand how students interact with MOOCs, how they engage and experience them, and how we could deliver better (both more effective and enjoyable) learning experiences.

Hope that some of these insights can also be useful for professors and universities that are preparing their own MOOCs, reviewing the design of their courses or just interested in this topic.

If you have any feedback, please send us your comments and experiences about MOOCs using the Contact page.


Elena Sánchez – User Experience professional ( Linkedin, Twitter )

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UX Specialist (Research, UX Design and Teaching) passionate about human-centered innovation, education and startups.

I was one of the researchers in the project “UX and engagement in MOOCs” at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign (UIUC) .

My fascination for the MOOC phenomenon started in 2011, when Coursera announced the first Human-Computer Interaction course by Standford, for free. At that moment, I had a feeling that the next education revolution was just about to start. This interest led me to University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign,  one of the world-class that partnered with Coursera in July 2012, to offer free online courses on this platform.

Adam Kehoe – Data scientist and doctoral student ( Website )

AdamKehoeFull-stack web developer and data scientist. I specialize in making complex data intelligible and useful. I’m mostly agnostic about tools, but I enjoy working with Python, Django and R.

I was a doctoral student at the Graduate School of Library & Information Science (GSLIS) at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign (UIUC). My research focused on data science applications in educational technology and I was one of the researchers in the project “UX and engagement in MOOCs”.


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