Merging MOOC and mLearning for Increased Learner Interactions

De Waard I., Koutropoulos A., Hogue R. J., Abajian S. C., Keskin N. O., Rodriguez C. O., ...More

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF MOBILE AND BLENDED LEARNING, vol.4, no.4, pp.34-46, 2012 (ESCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 4 Issue: 4
  • Publication Date: 2012
  • Doi Number: 10.4018/jmbl.2012100103
  • Journal Indexes: Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.34-46
  • Keywords: Collaborative Learning, Massively Open Online Course (MOOC), Mobile Learning (mLearning), Mobile Massively Open Online Course (MobiMOOC), Open Educational Resources (OER)
  • Anadolu University Affiliated: Yes


In this paper, the authors suggest the merger of the Massively Open Online Course (MOOC) format and mobile learning (mLearning) based on mutual affordances of both contemporary learning/teaching formats to investigate learner interactions and dialogues in an open online course. The paper presents a case study of how MobiMOOC, a course created using the MOOC format, demonstrates the synergistic characteristics between the MOOC format and mLearning, making a combination of both fields ideal for contemporary, digital, collaborative learning, and knowledge construction based on learner interactions and dialogue. MobiMOOC was a six-week online course focusing on mLearning that ran in April and May 2011. An endof-course survey provides insight that supports the synergies between MOOCs and mLearning: collaboration, informal and lifelong learning, and dialogue.