Learning in a Small, Task–Oriented, Connectivist MOOC: Pedagogical Issues and Implications for Higher Education

Jenny Mackness, Marion Waite, George Roberts, Elizabeth Lovegrove, Web Courseworks, Oct 01, 2013
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Case study describing a cMOOC in which "the expectation that knowledge would be co-created through active, autonomous participation and that learning would ‘emerge’ through the interactions around the key activities of aggregation, remixing, repurposing, and feeding forward." The authors identified four major challenges for learners in this environment:

  • learning across distributed platforms
  • social construction of knowledge
  • open academic practice and building an identity
  • embracing uncertainty

I would have worded the second differently; I don't think the knowledge that emerges in a network-based course is in any meaningful sense "constructed" - my own take is that it consists of patterns of interaction that are recognized as new knowledge by participants.

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