Are MOOCs providing the
European workforce with
the necessary web skills?
MOOCs for web talent project
• Fostering Web Talent in Europe by encouraging
the use of MOOCs focused on web skills
• Making a precise mapping about the available
MOOCs in Europe in the area of web
• Suggesting measures which would strengthen
the MOOCs environment for web
entrepreneurs and facilitate its growth
What do we mean by web skills?
• Web authoring tools such as raw HTML, XML, and CSS,
web programming or scripting, and website design.Core web skills
• Graphic design, animation, and software engineering.Extended web skills
• e-learning, games and gamification, online-
entertainment, and digital art.Adjacent web skills
Project activities: desk research
Objective: to determine the current offering of MOOCs in the area of web skills
Project actitivies: survey
Aim: to determine the actual benefits MOOCs offer and their potential to increase web talent in the EU
Respondents: 23-42 years
old, male, hold a graduate
or post-graduate degree
Close to 3,000
responses coming from
5 continents and 121
Most had taken a MOOC: 61% of
the students, 67% of the
developers, and 61% of the
Entrepreneurs and recruiters perspective
Value given to skills acquired through
What students want…
… that MOOCs don’t deliver just yet
o Mapping of supply & demand
o Quality standards
o Massive pedagogies
o Acreditation valued in the job market
MOOC providers perspective
Barriers for MOOC provision
Conclusions drawn from the survey
o Entrepreneurs & learners want hands-on, practice based
offerings which develop specific skills, suitable for on-the-
job professional development.
o The current supply does not always fit this model.
o Abundance of provision, yet learners are struggling to find
the MOOCs they need.
o Growing eco-system of campus, blended, hybrid and open online courses,
which would leverage the overlaps and synergies between different modes of
o Rise in awareness to issues of learning design, evaluation, assessment and
quality control, which are much more salient in on-line courses
o Importance of accreditation and verification schemes, specifically practice-
based schemes (e.g. Portfolios) which would allow learners to demonstrate the
skills they acquired to potential employers
Project activities: webinar
MOOC accreditation and recognition
July 1st, 2014
150 people registered
Project activities: MOOC workshop at EC-TEL13
Can MOOCs sabe Europe’s unemployed youth? September 17, 2014
o 13 submissions and 7 papers accepted
o 25 people participated in the workshop
o Topics discussed:
o MOOC quality
o Registration and retention
o Certification and employability
o Benefits and costs of providing a MOOC for web skills
o MOOC platform panel FUN, Open Classrooms, Open Course World, and openHPI
o Response to the presentations by Davinia Hernández-Leo & Carlos Delgado-Kloos
Number and geographical distribution in Europe of universities and business schools offering MOOCs on web skills Doubled the offer along these months, 59 MOOCs in 7 countries, to 105 MOOCs in 9 countries.
Most participation from European countries: Germany (339 respondents), France (231), followed by Spain (174) and Italy (103)
Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Italy, Macedonia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Turkey, and the UK
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