Teaching UI design at global scales: A case study of the design of collaborative capstone projects for MOOCs

Hao Fei Cheng, Bowen Yu, Siwei Fu, Jian Zhao, Brent Hecht, Joseph Konstan, Loren Terveen, Svetlana Yarosh, Haiyi Zhu

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Abstract

Group projects are an essential component of teaching user interface (UI) design. We identified six challenges in transferring traditional group projects into the context of Massive Open Online Courses: managing dropout, avoiding free-riding, appropriate scaffolding, cultural and time zone differences, and establishing common ground. We present a case study of the design of a group project for a UI Design MOOC, in which we implemented technical tools and social structures to cope with the above challenges. Based on survey analysis, interviews, and team chat data from the students over a six-month period, we found that our socio-technical design addressed many of the obstacles that MOOC learners encountered during remote collaboration. We translate our findings into design implications for better group learning experiences at scale.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 6th 2019 ACM Conference on Learning at Scale, L@S 2019
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
ISBN (Electronic)9781450368049
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 24 2019
Event6th ACM Conference on Learning at Scale, L@S 2019 - Chicago, United States
Duration: Jun 24 2019Jun 25 2019

Publication series

NameProceedings of the 6th 2019 ACM Conference on Learning at Scale, L@S 2019

Conference

Conference6th ACM Conference on Learning at Scale, L@S 2019
CountryUnited States
CityChicago
Period6/24/196/25/19

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Keywords

  • Collaborative Learning
  • HCI Education
  • MOOCs

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Cheng, H. F., Yu, B., Fu, S., Zhao, J., Hecht, B., Konstan, J., Terveen, L., Yarosh, S., & Zhu, H. (2019). Teaching UI design at global scales: A case study of the design of collaborative capstone projects for MOOCs. In Proceedings of the 6th 2019 ACM Conference on Learning at Scale, L@S 2019 (Proceedings of the 6th 2019 ACM Conference on Learning at Scale, L@S 2019). Association for Computing Machinery, Inc. https://doi.org/10.1145/3330430.3333635