The effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on a MOOC in Aerospace Structures and Materials

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In March 2020 COVID-19 brought the world and with that aviation to a standstill. Also in March 2020, the third run of the DelftX MOOC Introduction to Aerospace
Structures and Materials started on edX. This MOOC generally attracts a mixture of young aviation enthusiasts (often students) and aviation professionals. Given the large interest MOOCs have received as the pandemic hit, we investigate how the new global context affected the motivation and the way learners interact with our course material. For this project, we will use learning analytics approaches to
analyse the log data available from the edX platform and the data from pre- and
post-course evaluations of two runs of the same MOOC (2019 and 2020).
With the insights gathered through this analysis, we wish to better understand our learners and adjust the learning design of the course to better suit their needs. Our paper will present the first insights of this analysis.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBlended Learning in Engineering Education: challenging, enlightening – and lasting?
EditorsHans-Ulrich Heiß, Hannu-Matti Järvinen, Annette Mayer, Alexandra Schulz
Publication statusPublished - 2021
EventSEFI 49th Annual Conference - Online event, Berlin, Germany
Duration: 13 Sep 202116 Sep 2021


ConferenceSEFI 49th Annual Conference


  • Methods
  • formats and essential elements for online/blended learning
  • Social aspects and communication in online/blended learning
  • MOOC
  • Lifelong Learning
  • Learning Analytics
  • Aerospace Engineering


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