Rebecca M. Quintana


Associate Director, Learning Experience Design and Adjunct Lecturer

Presenting at AERA in San Diego, CA


March 19, 2022

Come hear my talk at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA)  in San Diego, California. 
A Rich Landscape for Learning: Scaffolding a Culminating Assignment Within a Community and Task-Based MOOC
Friday, April 22, 8:00 to 9:30am PDT (11:00am to 12:30pm EDT), Manchester Grand Hyatt, Floor: 2nd Level - Harbor Tower, Harbor Ballroom F
Abstract: We aim to understand the impact of a scaffolded tool to support learners in the creation of a final project within a community and task-based MOOC. Optional reflection and articulation prompts were embedded in a digital workbook to support assignment development. Workbook use was prevalent, with 65% of learners using it. Our qualitative analysis revealed that assignment responses associated with substantial workbook use were: A) informally written and loosely connected to assignment objectives (36%) or B) well-articulated and connected to assignment objectives (29%). Responses associated with little to no workbook use were: C) superficial or uncontextualized (29%), or D) consistent with type “B” responses (6%). We discuss implications for instructors and learning designers in scaffolding complex projects in MOOCs.