How is a MOOC Management System Different from a Learning Management System?

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Vadlamani, Aditya
Ravichandran, Lavanya
KT, Revathy
Tadinada, Prabhakar
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Commonwealth of Learning (COL)
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PCF10 Sub-theme: Inspiring Innovations // With lockdown-induced campus closure in northern India, there was a need to reuse an existing MOOC management system to offer campus-based courses in an online mode. We did so successfully in our institution (F2F mode) with over 400 professional courses in a single term covering about 8000 students in UG and PG programmes. There are serious differences between a MOOC management system(MMS) and a typical LMS. We overcame serious challenges through technological innovations: We needed to develop a “content bubble” for video content to avoid using platforms like YouTube (for copyright reasons) and had to provide nearly all the features that this platform can provide (such as multiple resolutions and range of access devices); In a MOOC, lectures are pre-recorded and released in batches; in our courses, Faculty are required to deliver them live; we therefore integrated a video conferencing platform with many automated features (e.g. scheduling the lecture, recording attendance); An MMS does not require strict ID management; however, access to our courses is restricted; we did an advanced integration of ID management with institute’s own IT systems (LDAP servers) to facilitate ease of log in; Assessments require to be completed within the time limit, but this can be affected by network conditions at student’s end (failures can occur when uploading answers); we developed an innovative procedure to facilitate ease of submission; Analytics in the MOOC MS was modified to measure student engagement rather than content engagement. Differently abled students need special features on the platform. // Paper ID 9342
Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC), Learning Management Systems (LMS), Online Learning