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Taking on different roles: how educators position themselves in MOOCs

Ferguson, Rebecca and Whitelock, Denise (2014). Taking on different roles: how educators position themselves in MOOCs. In: Rensing, Christopher; de Freitas, Sara; Ley, Tobias and Muñoz-Merino, Pedro J. eds. Open Learning and Teaching in Educational Communities. Lecture Notes in Computer Science (8719). Cham: Springer International Publishing, pp. 562–563.

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Abstract

Educators in massive open online courses (MOOCs) face the challenge of interacting with tens of thousands of students, many of whom are new to online learning. This study investigates the different ways in which lead educators position themselves within MOOCs, and the various roles that they adopt in their messages to learners. Email messages from educators were collected from six courses on FutureLearn, a UK-based MOOC platform that had 26 university partners at the time. Educator stance in these emails was coded thematically, sentence by sentence. The resulting typology draws attention to the different ways in which educators align themselves in these settings, including outlining the trajectory of the course, acting as both host and instructor, sometimes as fellow learner, and often as an emotionally engaged enthusiast. This typology can be used to explore relationships between educator stance and variables such as learner engagement, learner test results and learner retention.

Item Type: Book Section
Copyright Holders: 2014 Springer International Publishing Switzerland
ISBN: 3-319-11199-X, 978-3-319-11199-5
Extra Information: 9th European Conference on Technology Enhanced Learning,
EC-TEL 2014,
Graz, Austria,
September 16-19, 2014
Keywords: MOOC; FutureLearn; educators; typology
Academic Unit/School: Learning Teaching and Innovation (LTI) > Institute of Educational Technology (IET)
Learning Teaching and Innovation (LTI)
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)
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Item ID: 40696
Depositing User: Denise Whitelock
Date Deposited: 12 Aug 2014 08:29
Last Modified: 08 Feb 2017 03:57
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/40696
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