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A project aimed at creating a new format for online courses MOOCs

The IIIIA, CSIC's Institute of Research in Artificial Intelligence, participates in the NanoMOOCs project aimed at creating a new audiovisual learning format that will allow capturing and analysing participants’ emotions, among other novelties. The nanoMOOCs project is a part of the RIS3CAT Media Community, funded by the Agency for Business Competitiveness (ACCIO), in Catalonia.

NanoMOOCs project is aimed at creating a new audiovisual learning format for massive on-line open courses (image: CSICCat)Do we get really bored when we participate in a course online? What videos have we found to be most exciting? Do we look distressed when we do an assessment test online? Can we certify that the student has achieved the skills? Can we include a course certificate directly into our CV?

These and other questions are being addressed by the nanoMOOCs project, where scientists from the IIIA-CSIC participate. The project is led the Network Technologies and Strategies research group (NeTS) at UPF. The consortium carrying out the project is completed by other researchers of UPF, the UOC, the University of Barcelona, and representatives of the companies Lavínia Next, Edebé and Grupo Ormo.

NanoMOOCs go far beyond traditional online courses and represent a new challenge for education and training that explores various markets

NanoMOOCs come from the hybridization of Massive Open Online Courses that have flooded the internet for some years now and revolutionized online learning. From the first MOOCs, long in duration and dense in content, we have learned that by shortening them and focusing them on just one skill we can make the learning process more effective. This is the main feature of the nanoMOOC: focusing on a highly specific content (no more than one skill) over a short time (less than one week).

In addition to the brief format, the nanoMOOC also includes advanced technological modules like the emotions detector, using computer vision techniques. It also envisages blockchain certification, the application of artificial intelligence or advanced gaming, in addition to high quality content. Thus, nanoMOOCs go far beyond traditional online courses and represent a new challenge for education and training that explores various markets.

Under the project, work will be carried out on four pilot experiences in training areas ranging from experiential tourism to nutrition and health, through small- and medium-sized business and STEM education or transmedia production and consumption. In fact, a call will be launched soon for the creation of nanoMOOCs by the experts of the organizations participating in the project.

Four pilot experiences will be carried out in training areas ranging from experiential tourism to nutrition and health, through small- and medium-sized business and STEM education or transmedia production and consumption.

The companies belonging to the consortium see nanoMOOCs as elements that add value to existing digital products or simply as potential new products or business lines. Therefore, the project also aims to devise models to monetize this new audiovisual format.

The nanoMOOCs project is a part of the RIS3CAT Media Community which includes thirty five companies, administrative bodies, technology centres and universities around the cultural and creative industries. It will be promoting eight projects up until 2023 that will deal with various fields such as artificial intelligence, data analysis, hyperpersonalization, cybersecurity and the development of new formats, among others. The implementation of the eight projects will receive a grant of 6 million euros from the Government of Catalonia, awarded through ACCIÓ.