UX thoughts about MOOCS

Studying user experience and engagement in Coursera


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Usability guidelines for labeling MOOC videolectures

Labeling

In order to design usable and efficient interfaces, hurdles of interacting with our system or contents should be minimized. And some of this burden is often caused by small details that could be easily solved once we are aware of them.

For example, indicating the videolecture length within the video title would allow students to easily assess the time they will need to watch the video, and decide if they want to start it or not, without having to open the video and wait until it is loaded to check the timer.

Looking at the screenshots of Videolecture pages from different courses, we can  identify some aspects that will improve the usability of this section:

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Is the navigation menu of your MOOC clear and efficient?

Compass

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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