Education and Information Technologies

, Volume 24, Issue 2, pp 1185–1209 | Cite as

MOOCAT: A visual authoring tool in the cMOOC context

  • Aicha BakkiEmail author
  • Lahcen Oubahssi
  • Sébastien George
  • Chihab Cherkaoui


This paper presents an authoring tool in the cMOOC context called MOOCAT (MOOC Authoring Tool). It is a visual authoring tool that helps teachers to design cMOOC-oriented pedagogical scenarios. MOOCAT has two main innovative features. The first is that it offers a tool for conceiving pedagogical scenarios in a simple way through graphical representation, by providing the functionality to design learning workflows. The second is related to its capacity to bridge the gap between the conception phase and its execution into different LMS (Learning Management System), by offering services that allow the automatic deployment of pedagogical scenarios to existing platforms (e.g. OpenEDX, Moodle, etc.). This facilitates the authoring process considerably, and enhances the ability of teachers to concentrate their efforts on the content. This paper presents the model underlying MOOCAT, and describes the cMOOC scenario-building process. Also, the paper highlights the findings from a case study which was organized in order to evaluate the utility and the usability of the tool, and the usefulness of its innovative feature of conceiving and deploying a cMOOC scenario into OpenEDX platform. MOOCAT seems to be an easy-to-use tool, which offers guidance and flexibility during the design process.


Technology enhanced learning (TEL) MOOC cMOOC Connectivism Authoring tool LD tool Business process modeling notation 



We would like to thank persons who participated in the experiment of the MOOCAT tool.

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MOOCAT Authoring tool is available on the link:

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We know of no conflicts of interest associated with this publication. The authors declare that they have no competing interests. We declare that this manuscript is original, has not been published before and is not currently being considered for publication elsewhere.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Le Mans Université, LIUM, EA 4023Laboratoire d’Informatique de l’Université du MansLe Mans Cedex 9France
  2. 2.IRF-SIC LaboratoryIbn Zohr UniversityAgadirMorocco

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