Stationary vs. Non-stationary mobile learning in MOOCs

Yue Zhao, Tarmo Robal, Christoph Lofi, Claudia Hauff

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Mobile devices enable users to access information ubiquitously, including in the online learning scenario. This though requires users to multitask and divide their attention between several tasks at once whilst "on-the-go" (e.g. watching a video, walking down the street and keeping track of the traffic at the same time). In order to accommodate learners in this situation, most of today's Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) platforms provide mobile access to their content. Prior works have conducted lab studies to investigate the impact the learning condition (in particular stationary vs. onthe-go) has on mobile MOOC learners. User studies beyond the lab setting though are scarce. We here describe a study in a more realistic setup where 36 participants each participated in two mini-MOOCs while in a stationary and real-life mobile learning situation. We find participants' learning gains slightly lowered in the on-thego condition (-7%).We also find that on average participants spend 10% more time on video-watching and 23% less time on questionanswering in the learning on-the-go compared to the stationary condition.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationUMAP 2018 - Adjunct Publication of the 26th Conference on User Modeling, Adaptation and Personalization
EditorsJie Zhang, Tanja Mitrovic
Place of PublicationNEW York, NY, USA
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-4503-5784-5
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Event26th ACM International Conference on User Modeling, Adaptation and Personalization, UMAP 2018 - Singapore, Singapore
Duration: 8 Jul 201811 Jul 2018


Conference26th ACM International Conference on User Modeling, Adaptation and Personalization, UMAP 2018


  • Divided Attention
  • Mobile Learning
  • MOOCs
  • User Study

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