Universal Access in the Information Society

, Volume 17, Issue 4, pp 745–753 | Cite as

MoocCast: evaluating mobile-screencast for online courses

  • Bernardo TabuencaEmail author
  • Marco Kalz
  • Ansje Löhr
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The progressive adoption of smartphones and interconnected devices is inspiring students to redesign their physical spaces toward a seamless shift between daily life and learning activities. In the last years, Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) represent one of the key resources facilitating universal access to education as they enable students to learn across formal and informal contexts. However, there is little research exploring these alternative ways to present the content offered to learners in MOOCs for improved accessibility from personal contexts. This work presents the first study evaluating mobile-screencast technology as a means to facilitate learning processes in online courses. The contribution from this manuscript is threefold: First, preferred learning spaces for students enrolled to accomplish the activities in a MOOC are identified; second, mobile-screencast is evaluated as a solution for improved accessibility in online courses; third, an open tool for mobile-screencast and initial results from a formative evaluation are presented. This tool can be reused and adapted in further MOOC implementations. Finally, lessons learned are discussed and cues for future implementations are challenged.


Screencast MOOC Mobile learning Learning environments 



This work was partially supported by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Faculty of Management, Science and Technology of the Open University of The Netherlands.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingeniería de Sistemas InformáticosUniversidad Politécnica de MadridMadridSpain
  2. 2.UNESCO Chair of Open Education, Faculty of Management, Science and Technology and Welten InstituteOpen University of the NetherlandsHeerlenThe Netherlands
  3. 3.Faculty of Management, Science and TechnologyOpen University of the NetherlandsHeerlenThe Netherlands

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