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Design for collective intelligence: Pop-up communities in MOOCs
Garreta-Domingo, Muriel · Sloep, Peter B. · Hérnandez-Leo, Davinia · Mor, Yishay

PublishedJuly 2017
Volume 33, Issue 1, Pages 91-100
PublisherSpringer London
CountrySpain, Netherlands, Israel, Europe

Many current authors point toward the heightening of networked individualism and how this affects community creation and engagement. This trend poses strong challenges to the potential beneficial effects of collective intelligence. Education is one of the realms that can strongly suffer from this globalized individualism. Learning is deeply enhanced by social interactions and losing this social dimension will have long-lasting effects in future generations. Networked learning is also a by-product of our societal context, but not per se individual. Our paper presents a case–-the HANDSON massive open online course (MOOC)–-in which a purposely designed learning environment fosters the emergence of a kind of collective intelligence which, by the learners own accord, brings about a heightened sense of community. The MOOC's design managed to enable individual learning paces without killing the social dimension. Thus, we argue that when learning together intentionally and informally in networked online environments, small and temporary communities (pop-up communities we call them) will form. This nascent sense of community is a first step that will ultimately contribute to the common good.

Keywords collective intelligence · learning design · MOOC · networked individualism · networked learning · pop-up community

Published atLondon, UK
Rights© Springer-Verlag London Ltd. 2017
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