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ERIC Number: EJ1067944
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Jul
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1537-2456
The Emergent Role of the MOOC Instructor: A Qualitative Study of Trends toward Improving Future Practice
Haavind, Sarah; Sistek-Chandler, Cynthia
International Journal on E-Learning, v14 n3 p331-350 Jul 2015
Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) differ from other teaching environments in both the potentially "massive" number of participants and the "open" aspect of teaching in a public forum. Early MOOC instructors have of necessity worn many hats: subject matter expert, facilitator, researcher, producer, director, and curator. These evolving and interwoven responsibilities, and questions about how the role of MOOC instructor is currently being performed, were the catalysts for this investigation. Eight MOOC instructors were interviewed for this study. Each shared perceptions of the instructional assets required for success in a MOOC. Using a case study approach and qualitative interview methodology, this study chronicles current practice with an eye toward emergent, effective practice. Whether a collaborative, connectivist cMOOC style or video-lecture-based xMOOC style, or something in between, the role of the instructor is largely pedagogical-oriented toward planning and preparing the MOOC experience. As a result, real-time, engagement from MOOC instructors during a course likely has little effect on most participants.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada; United Kingdom; United States
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