Measuring the Degree of Innovation in Education Through the Implementation of an Indicator Based on Analyzing MOOC-Related Activities

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Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 10254)


Nowadays, the digital transformation is affecting any task, activity, process that is done in any organization or even in our daily life activities. The education sector, considered as one of the leading sectors in terms of innovation through technology, is also facing a transformation in which digital technology is rapidly evolving. In this context, the Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC) phenomenon has gained a lot of attraction due to the capability of reaching thousands or even millions of students from all over the world. However, the activities related to MOOCs are not yet being evaluated or quantified as a driver of change. Since the creation of MOOCs requires support and institutional commitment to deliver high-quality courses on technology-based platforms, it seems reasonable to measure the degree of innovation in education through the definition of an indicator that collects the commitment of an institution or a person to this new environment of digital education. That is why, in this paper, authors present the definition of a novel indicator and several potential metrics to represent and quantify the degree of innovation in education in universities. Furthermore, a case study is conducted to evaluate 3 different metrics on 36 European universities in the context of the edX and Coursera platforms.


Innovation Indicator Performance MOOC University Digital education 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Computer Science and Engineering DepartmentCarlos III University of MadridLeganésSpain

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