The OER Knowledge Cloud makes use of cookies. By continuing, you consent to this use. More information.
Learning in a small, task–oriented, connectivist MOOC: Pedagogical issues and implications for higher education
Lovegrove, Elizabeth · Roberts, George · Waite, Marion · Mackness, Jenny

Published2013
JournalThe International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning
Volume 14, Issue 4, Pages 1-20
PublisherAU Press
EditorsMcGreal, Rory and Conrad, Dianne

ABSTRACT
Despite the increase in massive open online courses (MOOCs), evidence about the pedagogy of learning in MOOCs remains limited. This paper reports on an investigation into the pedagogy in one MOOC - Oxford Brookes University’s ‘First Steps in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education’ MOOC (FSLT12).

FSLT12 was an open and free professional development opportunity for people moving into HE teaching. It was a small course (200 participants registered from 24 countries) which was focused on introducing HE teaching skills, and, uniquely, to deliberately integrate open academic practice as a vital part of professional development for HE teachers. A qualitative, case-study approach was used in the research, based on surveys, interviews, and social media, to provide evidence about how people learned in this course and consider wider implications for teaching and learning in higher education.

The evidence shows that participants who completed the course were able to learn autonomously and navigate the distributed platforms and environments. The most challenging issues were acceptance of open academic practice and difficulty in establishing an academic identity in an unpredictable virtual environment. An interesting and significant feature of the course was the support for learners from a number of MOOC ‘veterans’ who served as role models and guides for less experienced MOOC learners.

The research shows that small task-oriented MOOCs can effectively support professional development of open academic practice.

Keywords higher education · MOOC · Open Academic Practice

Published atAthabasca, AB
ISSN1492-3831
RefereedYes
Rightsby/3.0
URLhttp://www.irrodl.org/index.php/irrodl/article/view/1548
Export optionsBibTex · EndNote · Tagged XML · Google Scholar



AVAILABLE FILES
1548-12860-1-PB.pdf · 324.5KB33 downloads



Viewed by 48 distinct readers




CLOUD COMMUNITY REVIEWS

The evaluations below represent the judgements of our readers and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the Cloud editors.

Click a star to be the first to rate this document


POST A COMMENT
SIMILAR RECORDS

Liminal participants and skilled orienteers: Learner participation in a MOOC for new lecturers
Waite, Marion; Mackness, Jenny; Roberts, George; Lovegrove, Elizabeth
This case study explored learner participation in First Steps in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (FSLT12), a short massive open online course (MOOC) aimed at introducing learning and teaching in higher ...
Match: Lovegrove, Elizabeth; Roberts, George; Waite, Marion; Mackness, Jenny

Participant association and emergent curriculum in a MOOC: Can the community be the curriculum?
Bell, Frances; Mackness, Jenny; Funes, Mariana
We investigated how participants associated with each other and developed community in a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) about Rhizomatic Learning (Rhizo14). We compared learner experiences in two social networking ...
Match: Mackness, Jenny; MOOC

MOOCs: A learning journey
Smith, Becky; Eng, Min; Cheung, Simon K. S.; Fong, Joseph; et al.
MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) have been radically changing the direction of online education in the last few years. Although sharing many common features, there has been an emergence of two distinct varieties of ...
Match: MOOC

Tracking online and distance education in Canadian universities and colleges: 2018 Canadian national survey of online and distance education public report
Canadian Digital Learning Research Association
Executive Summary The first comprehensive survey of online and distance learning in Canadian public post-secondary institutions, covering all types of institution and every province and territory, was conducted in ...
Match: higher education; MOOC

Transforming education through open approaches. Introduction to selected papers
Gil-Jaurena, Inés
This special Open Praxis issue includes selected papers presented at the Open Education Consortium Global Conference, held in Delft (The Netherlands) on April 24-26, 2018.
Match: higher education; MOOC

HarvardX and MITx: The first year of open online courses: Fall 2012-summer 2013
Ho, Andrew Dean; Reich, Justin; Nesterko, Sergiy O.; Seaton, Daniel Thomas; et al.
HarvardX and MITx are collaborative institutional efforts between Harvard University and MIT to enhance campus-based education, advance educational research, and increase access to online learning opportunities ...
Match: higher education; MOOC

The year of the MOOC
Pappano, Laura
Match: higher education; MOOC

Evaluation of the UNED MOOCs implementation: Demographics, learners' opinions and completion rates
Gil-Jaurena, Inés; Callejo-Gallego, Javier; Agudo, Yolanda
The paper is a study about the MOOC experience at the Spanish National University of Distance Education (UNED), where we have collected initial and final information about learners' profiles and opinions, as well as ...
Match: higher education; MOOC

Opportunities in online education -Staying ahead of the curve: The case of the MOOC
Wood, Michael T.
I propose to share with you today some personal thoughts about MOOCs. I claim no particular expertise or corner of the market. However, I have taught extensively in the classroom, online, and in the corporate boardroom. ...
Match: higher education; MOOC

The journey of SWAYAM: India MOOCs initiative
Kanjilal, Uma; Kaul, Pradeep
Under the ‘Digital India’ Initiative of Government of India, one of the thrust area is ‘Massive Online Open Courses (MOOCs)’. Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India has embarked on a major ...
Match: higher education; MOOC