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ERIC Number: EJ1100651
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 26
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1499-6677
A Case Study on Learning Difficulties and Corresponding Supports for Learning in cMOOCs
Li, Shuang; Tang, Qi; Zhang, Yanxia
Canadian Journal of Learning and Technology, v42 n2 Spr 2016
cMOOCs, which are based on connectivist learning theory, bring challenges for learners as well as opportunities for self-inquiry. Previous studies have shown that learners in cMOOCs may have difficulties learning, but these studies do not provide any in-depth, empirical explorations of student difficulties or support strategies. This paper presents a case study on student difficulties and support requirements at the beginning of a cMOOC. Content analysis of messages posted by learners and instructors in four main online course learning spaces including Moodle, blogs, Facebook and Twitter was conducted. Three questions are explored in this paper: (1) What kinds of difficulties do learners encounter at the beginning of a cMOOC?; (2) Which of these difficulties are typical for most learners?; and (3) How are these difficulties responded to and supported in the cMOOC environment? Based on the research results of this study, we provide some reflections on learning support for cMOOCs and a discussion of the research itself in the last part of the paper.
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Language: English
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