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ERIC Number: EJ1118694
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Dec
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1042-1629
MOOCocracy: The Learning Culture of Massive Open Online Courses
Loizzo, Jamie; Ertmer, Peggy A.
Educational Technology Research and Development, v64 n6 p1013-1032 Dec 2016
Massive open online courses (MOOCs) are often examined and evaluated in terms of institutional cost, instructor prestige, number of students enrolled, and completion rates. MOOCs, which are connecting thousands of adult learners from diverse backgrounds, have yet to be viewed from a learning culture perspective. This research used virtual ethnographic methods to investigate the adult learner experience in a MOOC learning culture. Specifically, authors observed and interviewed twelve adult learners from countries around the world to gain a richer understanding of their online experiences and interactions within a MOOC focused on the social justice topic of human trafficking. Results showed that while a MOOC learning culture has some similarities to traditional distance education environments, it is indeed complex due to the large global scale. Based on the six themes that emerged from the data, the authors present the concept of MOOCocracy--a social learning democracy, as a description of the MOOC learning culture. Implications for MOOC instructional design are also discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education
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Language: English
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