What is it like to learn and participate in rhizomatic MOOCs? a collaborative autoethnography of #RHIZO14

Bali, M., Honeychurch, S. , Hamon, K., Hogue, R. J. and Koutropoulos, A. (2016) What is it like to learn and participate in rhizomatic MOOCs? a collaborative autoethnography of #RHIZO14. Current Issues in Emerging eLearning, 3(1), 4.

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In January 2014, we participated in a connectivist-style massive open online course (cMOOC) called "Rhizomatic Learning – The community is the curriculum" (#rhizo14). In rhizomatic learning, teacher and student roles are radically restructured. Course content and value come mostly from students; the teacher, at most, is a curator who provides a starting point and guidance and sometimes participates as a learner. Early on, we felt that we were in a unique learning experience that we wanted to capture in writing. Explaining #rhizo14 to others without the benefit of traditional processes, practices, roles, or structures, however, presented a challenge. We invited participants to contribute narratives to a collaborative autoethnography (CAE), which comprises an assortment of collaborative Google Docs, blog posts by individuals, and comments on those documents and posts. This strategy afforded insight into what many participants found to be a most engaging course and what for some was a transformative experience. In discussing the findings from the CAE, our intent is to benefit others interested in rhizomatic learning spaces such as cMOOCs. This authoethnography specifically addresses gaps both in the understanding of the learner experience in cMOOCs and in the nature of rhizomatic learning.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Honeychurch, Dr Sarah
Authors: Bali, M., Honeychurch, S., Hamon, K., Hogue, R. J., and Koutropoulos, A.
College/School:University Services > Learning and Teaching Services Division
Journal Name:Current Issues in Emerging eLearning
Journal Abbr.:CIEE
Publisher:University Massachusetts Boston
ISSN (Online):2373-6089
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2016 The Authors
First Published:First published in Current Issues in Emerging eLearning 3(1):article 4
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a creative commons license

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