Earli Sig 6-7 Conference


On August 24th and 25th 2020, the EARLI Sig 6-7 Conference took place online.

"Instructional Design and Technology: From the lab to the classroom"

In partnership with the Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen (Germany), the conference received researchers from all over the world. The topic of the conference, "Instructional Design and Technology: From the lab to the classroom", aligned with the MOOCresearch2.0 project and a proposal about learner engagement in MOOC discussion forums was accepted for a poster session.

Cognitive Engagement in MOOC forums

The poster introduced the study "Unfolding the roadmap of cognitive engagement in the discussion forums of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs)". This study explores the cognitive engagement of MOOC learners in different types of forums and the way this engagement could reflect different levels of thinking skills. The goal of this study is to analyse the learning goals of the forums and the cognitive engagement of MOOC learners. Text mining and content analysis explore the cognitive engagement of 25,167 learners enrolled in 5 EdX MOOCs developed by the Louvain Learning Lab.


MOOCs included in the study
1. Communicating Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) — Link
2. Communiquer la responsabilité sociétale des entreprises (RSE) — Link
3. Psychologie de la négociation — Link
4. Oriental Beiliefs: Between Reason and Traditions — Link
5. Découvrir la science politique — Link

Poster Presentation

The poster presentation can be watched here:

Presenter: Dennis A. Rivera, M.Ed.


This study contributes to a better understanding of the relation between the instructional design of different types of discussion forums and the active cognitive engagement of MOOC learners


Published on August 27, 2020