Massive Open Online Courses as affinity spaces for connected learning: Exploring effective learning interactions in one massive online community

Honeychurch, S. and Patrick, F. (2018) Massive Open Online Courses as affinity spaces for connected learning: Exploring effective learning interactions in one massive online community. Research in Comparative and International Education, 13(1), pp. 117-134. (doi:10.1177/1745499918768112)

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Abstract

This paper describes a participatory online culture – Connected Learning Massive Open Online Collaboration (CLMOOC) – and asks how its ethos of reciprocity and creative playfulness occurs. By analysing Twitter interactions over a four-week period, we conclude that this is due to the supportive nature of participants, who describe themselves as belonging to, or connected with, the community. We suggest that Gee’s concept of an affinity space is an appropriate model for CLMOOC and ask how this might be replicated in a higher education setting.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Honeychurch, Ms Sarah and Patrick, Dr Fiona
Authors: Honeychurch, S., and Patrick, F.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > Adam Smith Business School
College of Social Sciences > School of Education > Interdisciplinary Science Education Technologies and Learning
Journal Name:Research in Comparative and International Education
Publisher:SAGE Publications
ISSN:1745-4999
ISSN (Online):1745-4999
Published Online:17 May 2018
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2018 The Authors
First Published:First published in Research in Comparative and International Education 13(1):114-134
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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