How the community became more than the curriculum: participant experiences in #RHIZO14

Honeychurch, S. , Stewart, B., Bali, M., Hogue, R. J. and Cormier, D. (2016) How the community became more than the curriculum: participant experiences in #RHIZO14. Current Issues in Emerging eLearning, 3(1), 3.

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Abstract

The paper outlines participant experiences in a rhizomatic MOOC, #rhizo14. We begin with a brief outline of the structure of the course before presenting our five participant narratives to illustrate our beliefs that, for us, the #rhizo14 community became more than the curriculum. We then discuss some of the common themes in our narratives: the role that the Facebook group held in fostering our feelings of community, how the diversity of voices in the course promoted learning and engagement of group members, the formation of sub-communities with diverse interests, and the flexibility of participation that the course encouraged. While acknowledging the partiality of our narratives, we conclude that the emphasis in #rhizo14 on contribution and creation rather than content mastery encouraged a sense of "eventedness" (shared experience), which allowed our community to thrive.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Honeychurch, Ms Sarah
Authors: Honeychurch, S., Stewart, B., Bali, M., Hogue, R. J., and Cormier, D.
College/School:University Services > Learning and Teaching Services Division
Journal Name:Current Issues in Emerging eLearning
Journal Abbr.:CIEE
Publisher:University Massachusetts Boston
ISSN:2373-6089
ISSN (Online):2373-6089
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2016 The Authors
First Published:First published in Current Issues in Emerging eLearning 3(1):article 3
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a creative commons license

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