Year 2018, Volume 19 , Issue 1, Pages 215 - 233 2018-01-01

Developing A MOOC Initiative: Lessons Learned from the Universitat Politècnica de València Experience

İgnacio DESPUJOL [1] , Linda CASTANEDA [2] , Carlos TURRO [3]

Universitat Politecnica de Valencia (UPV) was the European institution with more MOOC course runs done by December 2016. This paper describes and analyses the decision-making process, and rationale of the development of this low budget real MOOC institutional initiative carried out by a traditional higher educational medium sized institution. This analysis is done using an Evaluative Research (ER) method based on an iterative approach of 6 cycles of formative evaluation. It has been a multiple stage process that includes many aspects. In this paper, we will analyze two of them: the creation, organization and management of a fast and cheap MOOC production process, including the several tools, plans, and procedures that have enabled UPV to create courses fast and with a low-cost; and the technical evolution of the initiative, with the different platforms that have been used. As a consequence of this process, UPV has its own platform ( based on openedX and is a member of, with 50 courses, 177 editions, and more than 632.000 enrollments. The completion rate is 8.69%, and post-course surveys reveal a high level of satisfaction from students. The paper will finish addressing the challenges of making this an entirely self-sustainable initiative and reflecting about what is required for evaluating this experience globally.

MOOC, e-learning, Open Universities, higher education initiatives
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Journal Section Articles

Author: İgnacio DESPUJOL (Primary Author)

Author: Linda CASTANEDA

Author: Carlos TURRO


Application Date : January 1, 2018
Acceptance Date : July 25, 2021
Publication Date : January 1, 2018

APA Despujol, İ , Castaneda, L , Turro, C . (2018). Developing A MOOC Initiative: Lessons Learned from the Universitat Politècnica de València Experience . Turkish Online Journal of Distance Education , 19 (1) , 215-233 . DOI: 10.17718/tojde.382805