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Destiny MOOCS Research Project

Background

Destiny is an Erasmus+ funded multinational research project focusing on the use of MOOC – Massive Open Online Courses – technologies and social learning environments such as study clubs.

The key thing about combining MOOC technology with social learning theory is that when people use MOOCs alone there’s found to be a high dropout rate. Our challenge then was to decrease dropout rate by focusing on the hypothesis that promoting social education tools delivers a higher retention rate.

The Project

The initial discovery phase of the project involved gathering data on MOOC technologies and attitudes towards using the technology. This involved engaging/interviewing employers, work seekers and higher education providers from the UK, Slovenia, Spain and Greece.

The prototype stage involved developing a mobile-first MOOC platform and MOOC courses for work-seekers, and liaising with partners across Europe. This also involved running a series of study clubs and user testing.

Bitjam provided the tech support as well as working with partners in the research process, and led the evaluation of the use of encrypted messaging technologies for developing peer support.

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