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.



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.

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  • Item ORO ID
  • 42259
  • Item Type
  • Journal Item
  • 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 or School
  • Institute of Educational Technology (IET)
  • Copyright Holders
  • © 2013 The Authors
  • Depositing User
  • Allison Littlejohn