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Patterns of engagement in connectivist MOOCs

Milligan, Colin; Littlejohn, Allison and Margaryan, Anoush (2013). Patterns of engagement in connectivist MOOCs. Journal of Online Learning and Teaching, 9(2) pp. 149–159.

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Connectivist Massive Open Online Courses (cMOOCs) represent an important new pedagogical approach ideally suited to the network age. However, little is known about how the learning experience afforded by cMOOCs is suited to learners with different skills motivations and dispositions. In this study, semi-structured interviews were conducted with 29 participants on the Change11 cMOOC. These accounts were analysed to determine patterns of engagement and factors affecting engagement in the course. Three distinct types of engagement were recognised - Active Participation, Passive Participation, and Lurking. In addition, a number of key factors that mediated engagement were identified, including, confidence, prior experience, and motivation.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2013 The Authors
ISSN: 1558-9528
Extra Information: Special issue on "Massive Open Online Courses"
Keywords: cMOOC; MOOC; engagement; connectivism; e-learning; networks; education research; computer sciences; educational assessment; evaluation;research
Academic Unit/School: Institute of Educational Technology (IET)
Item ID: 42259
Depositing User: Allison Littlejohn
Date Deposited: 16 Mar 2015 10:24
Last Modified: 13 Dec 2019 09:08
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