OpenQuest : Designing a Motivational Framework for MOOCs Instruction
Mystakidis, Stylianos; Herodotou, Christothea (2016). OpenQuest : Designing a Motivational Framework for MOOCs Instruction. In Jansen, Darco; Konings, Lizzie (Eds.) MOOCs in Europe : Overview of papers representing a collective European response on MOOCs as presented during the HOME conference in Rome November 2015. Maastricht: European Association of Distance Teaching Universities. http://eadtu.eu/images/publicaties/MOOCs_in_Europe_November_2015.pdf
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This paper introduces an innovative motivational framework for Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) instructional design coined as Open Quest Framework (OpenQuest). OpenQuest aims to improve learning and user engagement in MOOCs by drawing lessons from the success of quest-based initiatives, gamified web platforms, and massive-multiplayer online games (MMOs). The framework is grounded on established motivational theories such as the Self-Determination Theory and Situated Motivational Affordance. It supplements existing MOOCs design schemes that usually focus on pedagogy, assessment and technology. It features specific motivational mechanisms including, quests and narration, reputation systems, progression mechanisms, multiple learning pathways, well designed feedback and social elements, that can be used to enhance learners' engagement and personalize learning.
PublisherEuropean Association of Distance Teaching Universities
Parent publication ISBN978-90-79730-19-3
ConferenceHOME (Higher education Online: MOOCs the European way) conference
Is part of publicationMOOCs in Europe : Overview of papers representing a collective European response on MOOCs as presented during the HOME conference in Rome November 2015