ProjectLens: Supporting Project-based Collaborative Learning on MOOCs

ProjectLens: Supporting Project-based Collaborative Learning on MOOCs

Hao Fei Cheng, Bowen Yu, Yeong Hoon Park, and Haiyi Zhu

Team project, which emphasizes collaborative learning in a project-based context, is one of the most commonly-used teaching and learning methods in higher education classrooms, but is not well-supported on existing Massive open online courses (MOOCs) platforms. In this paper, we present ProjectLens, a MOOC supplement tool that supports team projects building and collaborative learning on MOOC platforms like Coursera and edX. In addition, ProjectLens is a research tool that provides opportunities to conduct large-scale field experiments to study how different factors influence the effectiveness of collaborative learning. We illustrate how ProjectLens can achieve these two goals in a case example.