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Stephen Downes

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If you are interested in connectivism you definitely want to read this study of six connectivist MOOCs (cMOOC) offered over three years at Beijing Normal University. What I appreciate most is that the article offers an empirical analysis of a cMOOC program on its own terms, for example, looking at what network properties can tell us, or looking at the roles of participants and facilitators in a cMOOC. Three of the results give me food for thought: first, "there was the phenomenon of class differentiation, or 'the rich getting richer' in connectivist social networks"; second, "pipes and content were equally important to connectivist learning with the goal of knowledge innovation"; and third, "facilitators played the roles of controlling, regulating, maintaining, and enhancing connections, and influenced and shaped the development of networks."

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