DanMOOC: Enhancing Content and Social Interaction in MOOCs with Synchronized Commenting

  • Yue Chen
  • Qin Gao
  • Quan Yuan
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 10281)


To enhance interactions between learners, instructors, and content for MOOC courses, this study purposes a new video lecturing interface that embeds synchronized discussions and notes anchored to the video timeline. The design concept was evaluated with 4 MOOC instructors, 8 teaching assistants, and 7 learners using a prototype. Most participants agreed that the design would enhance learner-content, learner-learner, and learner-instructor interactions, and may further improve learning performance, satisfactions, and may decrease dropout rate. However, the form of presenting discussions and possibly unrelated content may distract learners, and the design requires further improvement.


E-learning MOOC Online video interface Synchronized commenting 



This study was supported by the Online Education Research Foundation of the Online Education Research Center, Ministry of Education, P. R. China (教育部在线教育研究中心在线教育研究基金(全通教育), Project No. 2016ZD303) and the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Project no. 71401087).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Industrial EngineeringTsinghua UniversityBeijingChina

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