Social Networks and the Building of Learning Communities: An Experimental Study of a Social MOOC

Mariana de Lima, Marta Zorrilla, The International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning (IRRODL), Mar 01, 2017
Commentary by Stephen Downes

What I like about this paper it its honesty in reporting negative results. "We have not managed to generate a strong learning community either during the course or at its completion: the networks were created around teachers' feedback, learners basically commented once per topic and, after the course ended, people did not return to Facebook or to the forum to participate." We can now ask: why not? The low number of participants? Their preference for traditional instruction? Weaknesses in course registration procedures? From the IRRODL special issue on advances in research on social networking in open and distributed learning.

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