Vagrant Virtual Machines for Hands-On Exercises in Massive Open Online Courses
Staubitz, Thomas; Brehm, Maximilian; Jasper, Johannes; Werkmeister, Thomas; Teusner, Ralf; Willems, Christian; Renz, Jan; Meinel, Christoph
Springer International Publishing
In many MOOCs hands-on exercises are a key component. Their format must be deliberately planned to satisfy the needs of a more and more heterogeneous student body. At the same time, costs have to be kept low for maintenance and support on the course provider’s side. The paper at hand reports about our experiments with a tool called Vagrant in this context. It has been successfully employed for use cases similar to ours and thus promises to be an option for achieving our goals.