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Designing a MOOC course for promoting the active participation of European citizenship


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[Designing a mooc course for promoting the active participation of european citizenship] - Patricia Herrero de la Escosura Ana Isabel González González

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Designing a MOOC course for promoting the active participation of European citizenship

  1. 1. Designing a MOOC course for promoting the active participation of European citizenship Patricia Herrero de la Escosura Ana Isabel González González
  2. 2. Contextualization • To promote the active participation of citizenship in the EU democratic life, The European Commission has created the Europe for the Citizen program. • Gijón (Spain), have designed the project CITIZEU. • The development of this Project include two MOOC courses in collaboration with the University of Oviedo. • Final MOOC’s goals: • To promote a better understanding of the European Union, to increase tolerance and knowledge of the different European countries. • To create a European identity through the intervention of all the participants in the project.
  3. 3. The Europe for Citizens Program • The Europe for Citizens Program is a European Program managed by the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency of the European Union (EACEA). • It is part of the Europe 2020 Global Strategy. • It is directed: • To contribute the citizens' understanding about the EU functioning, especially how EU policies are shaped today. • To encourage the democratic participation at EU level.
  4. 4. The Spanish project • The city of Gijón: • Has formulated the project “The Impact of Euroscepticism in the construction of Europe”. • Has created a consortium for the execution of the project, with: • The city of Nuremberg (Germany), • The city of Genoa (Italy), • The city of Alba Iulia (Romania), • The NGO AEKS (Finland), • The Think Tank CEPS (Belgium), and • The University of Oviedo (Spain).
  5. 5. Objectives • General objectives: • To link citizens of six European cities to understand the European Union. • To get a common cooperation for building a better Europe. • Concrete objectives: • To provide knowledge about European Union basic concepts. • To promote a proactive understanding towards the Euroscepticism, and the effects that this may have on the European project. • To focus from the local perspective on problems of the Union. • To be aware of the effects that different national issues can bring for all. • To contribute to the understanding of the EU and the different European States.
  6. 6. Project actions • National events: • Round tables. • Celebration of five citizens dialogues in different European cities (project partners): • To improve global knowledge about Europe. • To promote public debate between citizens, cities and states. • To promote intercultural dialgue. • To encourage the participation of citizens with disadvantaged circumstances. • Platform online "Participates CITIZEU”. • Free platform educational content online access to all citizens through which two MOOC courses.
  7. 7. The first MOOC course • Title: Europe is YOU: basic course about the EU. • Objectives: • To provide a basic knowledge about the history, institutions, achievements and multilevel government of the EU. • To purvey the participants with the necessary tools to build a well- founded idea about Europe today. • Contents: • Lesson 1. Past, Present and Future of the European Union. • Lesson 2. Citizenship of the European Union. • Lesson 3. Knowing the European Union. • Lesson 4. The decision making at the European sphere. • Lesson 5. How the European Union's action on justice affects. • Lesson 6. The day to day of the European Union. • Implementation: • University of Oviedo. • European and International Affairs of the Gijon City Council.
  8. 8. The second MOOC course • Title: The European Union as agent of change. • Objectives: • To deep in some of the European problems and policies. • To promote a discussion of the reasons behind the current raise of Eurosceptic. • Implementation: • The University of Oviedo. • The other five partners of the consortium for the execution of the project. • Contents: • Lesson 1. Globalization and EU-skepticism. • Lesson 2. The European Pillar of Social Rights. • Lesson 3. Immigration. • Lesson 4. Equality, non-discrimination and no violence. • Lesson 5: EU growth and cohesion. • Lesson 6: EU elections and EU future.
  9. 9. Implementation of MOOCs • Technical support: the Innovation Centre of the University of Oviedo. • Platforms: • Uniovix (platform specifically developed by the University of Oviedo Innovation Centre for the realization of MOOC courses). • Moodle (general platform of the University of Oviedo for online teaching). • Languages: • English. • Spanish.
  10. 10. Design of MOOCs • We created two separate packages of knowledge structured in a closed manner: • We produced original material: • Written. • Audiovisual, available in the YouTube account of Citizeu project. • We collected complementary information, documents and audio-visual sources. • This packages was proposed in independent units, so that the student could choose only those that were most useful to him. • Its content was structured for multiple accesses.
  11. 11. Dynamic of the course • The course is organized by weeks and each week the materials of a new lesson are made available to the students. • All the lessons have a similar structure: • Didactic guide, or objectives. In it, we briefly present the objectives we propose, to help to understand and deepen into the contents of the lesson. • Contents, or key ideas. They are: • A video lesson. • A PDF with the basic concepts. • Different Additional Contents, as videos, documents o web sites. • Activities, or weekly challenge: • Activities designed to promote online learning through the interaction of the participants. • Activities for evaluate the level of understanding of the contents.
  12. 12. Development of MOOCs • The six scheduled lessons of each course were developed during six consecutive weeks. • We offered to the students constant support and feedback: • On the scheduled dates. • Wen it was requested. • We interact with the students trough different social networks: • The web Participa Gijón CITIZEU: Stop Euroscepticism! • FACEBOOK. We created the Facebook Group “CITIZEU Mooc Course”. • TWITTER. We created different labels, one for each activity that we make through, and a generic one @asuntoseuropeos #CITIZEUMooc. • INSTAGRAM. We created a specific Instagram of the course: @gijoneuropaig, with different hashtags for each of the activities. • The Technical Consultations and other course Forums.
  13. 13. Methodology • We combine: • Self-learning: • Basic ideas simple and attractive. • Activities formulated for exciting curiosity. • Additional content for deepening. • Guided learning: • Didactic. • Technical. • We mix materials: • Provided by teachers. That is the more important in the first MOOC course. • Built through the interaction of the participants. That is the more important in the second MOOC course.
  14. 14. Students evaluation • There are a self-assessment questionnaire in each lesson: • In the first course it is just for the student to check for himself the degree of assimilation and learning. • In the second course, they represents the 30% of the evaluation. • In both, they are formed by multiple choice questions. • The final test is different in each of the courses: • The first MOOC course had a final questionnaire. • The second MOOC course has a Peer to Peer evaluation system. • The students who pass the test can obtain: • A certificate. • A badge to keep in a digital backpack.
  15. 15. Results • Students: • Edition in the MODLE platform of the University of Oviedo: large majority of students of this University. • Editions in UNIOVIX: students much more heterogeneous. • Discussion: • Less than expected. • Mostly trough the Forums. • Achievements: • We produced abundant learning materials. They will be offered as a closed downloadable course on the website of the Jean Monnet working group of the University of Oviedo. • The students evaluate the course with a score of 9.3/10. • The results will be analysed in the meetings with citizens in several European countries.
  16. 16. Conclusion • Project: • Represents a new form of knowledge transfer in our University. • It involves the integration of a university project with a European call, with the participation of different entities and international organizations. • It implies a new channel of dissemination of the research activity. • Direction and design: • It is perfectly possibly for a traditional professor to implement a MOOC course at the University. • The necessary effort may be too serious for an inexpert equip. • May be necessary some technical support. • Students: • Most of students are young people. • Students have a low tendency to participate.
  17. 17. THANK YOU VERY MUCH Patricia Herrero de la Escosura Ana Isabel González González