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Jan Renz

Hasso-Plattner-Institut für
Digital Engineering gGmbH
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D-14482 Potsdam




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Smart MOOC-Social Computing for Learning and Knowledge Sharing.

Shams, Ahmed; Bin Tareaf, Raad; Renz, Jan; Meinel, Christoph in Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Computer Supported Education, CSEDU 2018, Funchal, Madeira, Portugal, March 15-17, 2018, Volume 2. Seite 391--396 . Capr Town, South Africa , 2018 .

Massive Open Online Courses(MOOCs) make use of educational technologies to deliver learning materials, supposedly open for everyone, usually with a capacity to serve a substantial number of learners regardless of their geographical locations. A recent advancement in mobile technologies and wireless communications in Africa has produced a conducive digital environment enough to support mobile learning. However, only a handful of learners from Africa participates in online learning compared to their massive engagement in online social networking. Internet-based Social media programs make most of the connections with students for social purposes and yet far less with educational intentions. Participation in mobile learning is still small in the region particular to the Social media who already possess necessary resources for e-learning. Therefore it remains unclear though in which ways, Social media may help to boost mobile learning through its utilization of programs and computation power. This paper argues the best possible approaches aiming to increase the involvement of MOOCs to Africa via a Social network.
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