What do cMOOC participants talk about in Social Media? What do cMOOC participants talk about in Social Media? A Topic Analysis of Discourse in a cMOOC

Srecko Joksimovic, Research Gate, Mar 20, 2015
Commentary by Stephen Downes
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One of the major differences between connectivist MOOCs (cMOOCs) and content-focused MOOCs (xMOOCs) is that participation in the former isn't limited to one single site, but is instead spread all over social networks. This presents unique challenges to learning analytics, some of which are explored by Srećko Joksimović and Marek Hatala in their paper Learning Analytics for Networked Learning Models. In What do cMOOC participants talk about in Social Media? In What do cMOOC participants talk about in Social Media? paper the authors find "learners tend to focus on several prominent topics that emerge very quickly in the course. They maintain that focus, with some exceptions, throughout the course, regardless of readings suggested by the instructor." That's a really interesting finding and, on reflection, consistent with my own experiences in cMOOCs. (There are 6 authors; I list only the first above).

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