Roles of Course Facilitators, Learners, and Technology in the Flow of Information of a CMOOC

Oleksandra Skrypnyk, Srećko Joksimović, Vitomir Kovanović, Dragan Gaševic, , Shane Dawson, The International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning (IRRODL), Jun 26, 2015
Commentary by Stephen Downes
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This, to me, signifies the success of a cMOOC: "Our study also shows that top ten nodes with the highest in-degree were primarily hashtags. This suggests that people were connecting around thematic markers of common interest, referring to them and making them popular. In fact, thematic analysis of the same dataset confirms that the learners were more focused on the topics of interest, rather than those suggested by course facilitators, and that those topics emerged quickly in the course, and were maintained by the groups of people that adopted them." Fascinating paper; if you're interested in cMOOCs don't miss it.

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