A Social Learning Space Grid for MOOCs: Exploring a FutureLearn Case

  • Kalpani Manathunga
  • Davinia Hernández-Leo
  • Mike Sharples
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 10254)


Collaborative and social engagement promote active learning through knowledge intensive interactions. Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are dynamic and diversified learning spaces with varying factors like flexible time frames, student count, demographics requiring higher engagement and motivation to continue learning and for designers to implement novel pedagogies including collaborative learning activities. This paper looks into available and potential collaborative and social learning spaces within MOOCs and proposes a social learning space grid that can aid MOOC designers to implement such spaces, considering the related requirements. Furthermore, it describes a MOOC case study incorporating three collaborative and social learning spaces and discusses challenges faced. Interesting lessons learned from the case give an insight on which spaces to be implemented and the scenarios and factors to be considered.


Collaborative learning Social learning MOOC 



This work has been partially funded by the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness under RESET (TIN2014-53199-C3-3-R), the Maria de Maeztu Programme (MDM-2015-0502) and the RecerCaixa CoT project.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kalpani Manathunga
    • 1
  • Davinia Hernández-Leo
    • 1
  • Mike Sharples
    • 2
  1. 1.ICT DepartmentUniversitat Pompeu FabraBarcelonaSpain
  2. 2.Institute of Educational TechnologyThe Open UniversityMilton KeynesUK

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