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Published on March 11, 2014

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The paper will first present
the requirements for a successful online Language Learning course and then it will continue with the
exploration of the use of MOOCs in Language Education. Next an evaluation of the platforms and the
instructional design used so far for Massive Open Online Language Learning Courses will follow.
Finally, after the presentation of possible concerns and recommendations regarding the Language
Learning MOOCs, there will be a discussion that aims to draw the first conclusions of this research
and share some future research plans.

ANASTASIOS A. ECONOMIDES Interdepartmental Progr. of Postgraduate Studies in Information Systems,University of Macedonia, Thessaloniki, GREECE MARIA A. PERIFANOU Department of Italian Studies, National & Kapodistrian UniversIty of Athens, GREECE

2010 2012 2013 2011 MOOC’s rising 2.8 million students in March 2013 2014

Language competencies & intercultural skills : key qualifications for living and working in 21st century Need for MOOCs related to language education Web 2.0 participatory, immediate, authentic, engages community a promising language learning environment

 How to design an efficient Language Learning Environment for MOOLCs?  Are there many MOOLC initiatives that could provide a promising Massive Open Interactive Language Learning Environment (MOILLE)?

a) Exploration of current MOOLC initiatives b) Classification of the MOOLC initiatives according to concrete criteria c) Evaluation of most representative MOOLC initiatives using the MOILLE framework d) Analysis of the results & conclusions

1st Stage

2nd Stage  University/Entity  Number of Free / Paid language Courses  Language  Certification/ Badges/Official credits  Fixed time session  cMOOC / xMOOC

CONTENT: Authentic educational resources; Use of multimedia/tech; Variety of activities that promote all basic language skills & support cultural awareness. PEDAGOGY: Communication (peer-peer, student-teacher, open class community); Collaboration (CL) (group projects, forums etc.); Collective intelligence; Autonomy (Autonomous/Self-paced/SL Learning/Reflection); Engagement-Motivation; Playful/Game based learning; Number of instructors. ASSESSMENT: On going Assessment/ Scaffolding (peer-peer, student- teacher, open, automated) Final Assessment; Evidence-Based improvement (data mining, Analytics); Feedback (comments, reviews). COMMUNITY: Social Community building as Massive & Open (Social Media – third part tools integration & other tech tools). TECHNICAL INFRASTRUCTURE: Max number of participants, Platform’s performance, Security, Usability). FINANCIAL ISSUES: Profit. Charges for Course or Certification/ Accreditation.

3nd Stage

4th Stage

 6 MOOLC initiatives offer authentic educational resources in a high level  11 use multimedia tools  3 offer a variety of activities that promote the basic language skills & support cultural awareness

 5 MOOLC initiatives support the various types of communication (peer-peer, student- teacher, open class community) in a high level  1 promote collaboration, (group projects, forums etc.) or collective intelligence in a high degree  15 support very much the autonomous, self- paced & self-regulated learning, learner’s reflection  6 support learners’ engagement and motivation  None of them offers game based activities of high degree  2 provide many instructors for a course

 5 MOOLC initiatives provide various types of assessment (peer-peer, student- teacher, open, automated)  7 provide an official final assessment,  4 show learners’ performance evolution (data mining, analytics)  6 give the possibility to participants to provide feedback of various types (comments, reviews)

 5 MOOLC initiatives offer a big variety of social media tools or other technologies in order to build a Social Language Learning Community

 12 MOOLC initiatives can accept a massive number of participants  offer usability  have good technical performance  provide high security

 none of the explored MOOLC initiatives require any high charges except for: certification or accreditation

 “Are there many MOOLC initiatives that could provide a promising Massive Open Interactive Language Learning Environment (MOILLE)”? NO Good examples:  SpanishMOOC  Mixxer MOOC

Many MOOLCs  are still free  have generally good infrastructure  offer certification

 Pedagogical aspect of MOOLCs (no highly interactive, no FL community, no building language skills collectively)  Time cost for educators  Big dropout rate

 Create more connectivist MOOLCs Create highly interactive Language Learning Environments  Keep high students’ degree of motivation & self-direction

Thank you all!

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