“The best part was the contact!”: Understanding postgraduate students’ experiences of wrapped MOOCs

Tasneem Jaffer, Shanali Govender, Cheryl Brown, Open Praxis, Jun 30, 2017
Commentary by Stephen Downes

I generally think of the "wrapped MOOC" as neither massive, nor open, nor online, so I view them with a bit of scepticism. And we learn very little about the actual details of the implementation in this case. But I did appreciate the discussion of MOOCs with respect to the CoI (Community of Inquiry) framework (Anderson, Archer and Garrison) describing the role of social, cognitive and teaching presence in distance learning. The authors suggest that the framework doesn't capture the full learning experience, arguing that "a more comprehensive framework for learning design would include both a more carefully constructed learner presence and a way of understanding structural factors that impact on the wrapped MOOC learning experience."

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