UX thoughts about MOOCS

Studying user experience and engagement in Coursera

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Writing text messages for your MOOC? Do not expect students to read them


The way you write, structure and display the texts that will be part of your MOOC (mailings, announcements, activities…) will determine how easily or efficiently your students can process your instructions and gain knowledge.

It is not enough to prepare well-written, grammatically correct and error-free texts. If they are not optimized for the web, your message will not probably reach all your students, and it will negatively influence the overall usability of the course.

Let’s look at two weekly announcements or messages from two different Coursera MOOCs ( Healthcare Innovation and Entrepreneurship and Gamification):

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Is the navigation menu of your MOOC clear and efficient?


When visitors come to a website for the first time, they are only willing to invest a few seconds to find out what the website is offering about and whether they are interested or not in knowing more.

In MOOCs, the first impression students receive from a course would probably be as crucial, and a great part of this first impression will be based on the homepage and the navigation menu, which normally serves as an overview of the course.

The main menu structure will provide students with information about the conceptual mental model behind the course, the different parts or components and the course organization or structure.

Here are some examples of navigation menus from Coursera MOOCs, and some thoughts about them:

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