Analysis of MOOC forum participation

Oleksandra Poquet, Shane Dawson

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Abstract

The integration of social learning practices into massive open online courses (MOOCs) raises numerous learning and teaching challenges. While research into formal online education has provided some insight into the strategies for facilitating online learner-to-learner and learner-to-teacher interactions, the differences between MOOCs and more mainstream online courses impede any direct adoption and application. This paper reports a study linking the analysis of MOOC learner and teacher interactions to those in formal online education. The study compares MOOC forum activity of the individuals occasionally posting on the forum, and the ones contributing to the forum regularly. Through the social network analysis of forum posting and voting, we highlight the similarities and differences in how the networks of regular and occasional participants develop and interact. The findings provide some insight into how social learning practices can be promoted regardless of the course population size.

Original languageEnglish
Pages224-234
Number of pages11
StatePublished - 2019
Externally publishedYes
Event32nd Annual Conference of the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning and Tertiary Education, ASCILITE 2015 - Perth, Australia
Duration: 30 Nov 20153 Dec 2015

Conference

Conference32nd Annual Conference of the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning and Tertiary Education, ASCILITE 2015
Country/TerritoryAustralia
CityPerth
Period30/11/153/12/15

Keywords

  • Forum interactions
  • MOOCs
  • Social learning
  • Social network analysis

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