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ERIC Number: EJ1161175
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Dec
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1042-1726
The Nature and Level of Learner-Learner Interaction in a Chemistry Massive Open Online Course (MOOC)
Tawfik, Andrew A.; Reeves, Todd D.; Stich, Amy E.; Gill, Anila; Hong, Chenda; McDade, Joseph; Pillutla, Venkata Sai; Zhou, Xiaoshu; Giabbanelli, Philippe J.
Journal of Computing in Higher Education, v29 n3 p411-431 Dec 2017
Similar to other online courses, massive open online courses (MOOCs) often rely on learner-learner interaction as a mechanism to promote learning. However, little is known at present about learner-learner interaction in these nascent informal learning environments. While some studies have explored MOOC participant perceptions of learner-learner interactions, research is still lacking regarding the content and level of such interactions. Using the interaction analysis model (IAM) as a theoretical framework and social network analysis methods, the present study investigates the nature and level of learner-learner interaction within a popular Chemistry MOOC from Coursera. Findings suggest that learner-learner interaction: was limited to lower phases of the IAM framework (e.g., sharing and comparing information); changed (decreased) over time; and was heavily dependent on a few highly-engaged learners. Potential implications for the design of future MOOCs are discussed.
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Language: English
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