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The RIS3CAT Media community promotes nanoMOOCs
A new audiovisual learning format that will allow, among others, capturing and analysing participants’ emotions. The project is led by Miquel Oliver, coordinator of the Network Technologies and Strategies (NeTS) research group at UPF, and part of the RIS3CAT Media community, an initiative co-funded by ACCIÓ. Researchers from the UOC, the University of Barcelona and the CSIC and representatives of the companies Lavínia Next, Edebé and Grupo Ormo are also involved in the nanoMOOCs project.
Do we get really bored when we do 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 posed by the nanoMOOCs project, led by Miquel Oliver, coordinator of the Network Technologies and Strategies research group (NeTS) at the Department of Information and Communication Technologies (DTIC) at UPF. The consortium carrying out the project is completed by other researchers of UPF, the UOC, the University of Barcelona and the CSIC 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
Their essence: highly specific content over a short time
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”, Oliver explains. This is the main feature of the nanoMOOC: focusing on a highly specific content (one skill) over a short time (one week).
An innovative format that includes advanced technological modules like the emotions detector
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, co-funded by ACCIÓ, 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.
The companies belonging to the consortium see nanoMOOCs as elements that add value to existing digital products or simply as potential new products or lines of business. 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.