Enhancing Educators' Social Presence in MOOCs: Design of Daily Video Blog

Shun Arima, Goki Miyakita, Motoki Yasui, Keiko Okawa

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This paper discusses the design of a video blog to enhance the social presence of educators in MOOCs. Social presence is considered to be one of the critical factors in education, and MOOCs are no exception. However, in the most existing MOOCs, educators' social presence is limited due to its predefined, linear course structure, as well as text-based semi-synchronous conversation. Hence, this research proposes a daily video blog, which focuses on presenting: 1) Educators Biography; educators' background and experience in the subject area, 2) Educators Feedback; educators' response to learners' questions raised in the course, and 3) Educators Discussion; educators' debate on the latest trends surrounding the course topicto further augment educators' social presences. This paper studies the computer science course of FutureLearn which was conducted in October 2018 and April 2019. A series of short videos were uploaded per day on YouTube and shared with learners alongside the four weeks course. Through observing educators and learners' behavior, as well as conducting interviews with learners, the findings suggest a positive impact of a video blog on enhancing educators' social presence and further opens up new possibilities and new ways in designing MOOCs.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of 2019 IEEE Learning With MOOCS, LWMOOCS 2019
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781728125497
Publication statusPublished - 2019 Oct
Event2019 IEEE Learning With MOOCS, LWMOOCS 2019 - Milwaukee, United States
Duration: 2019 Oct 232019 Oct 25

Publication series

NameProceedings of 2019 IEEE Learning With MOOCS, LWMOOCS 2019


Conference2019 IEEE Learning With MOOCS, LWMOOCS 2019
Country/TerritoryUnited States


  • MOOCs
  • Relationship between Educator and Learner
  • Social Presence
  • Videos in MOOCs
  • learning experience

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Education


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