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Using mLearning and MOOCs to understand chaos, emergence, and complexity in education
de Waard, Inge · Abajian, Sean C. · Gallagher, Michael · Hogue, Rebecca · Keskin, Nilgün · Koutropoulos, Apostolos · Rodriguez, Osvaldo

PublishedNovember 2011
JournalThe International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning
Volume 12, Issue 7, Pages 95-115
Original PublicationThe International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning
EditorsMcGreal, Rory and Conrad, Dianne

ABSTRACT
In this paper, we look at how the massive open online course (MOOC) format developed by connectivist researchers and enthusiasts can help analyze the complexity, emergence, and chaos at work in the field of education today. We do this through the prism of a MobiMOOC, a six-week course focusing on mLearning that ran from April to May 2011. MobiMOOC embraced the core MOOC components of self-organization, connectedness, openness, complexity, and the resulting chaos, and, as such, serves as an interesting paradigm for new educational orders that are currently emerging in the field. We discuss the nature of participation in MobiMOOC, the use of mobile technology and social media, and how these factors contributed to a chaotic learning environment with emerging phenomena. These emerging phenomena resulted in a transformative educational paradigm.

Keywords collaborative learning · connectivism · mLearning · mobile learning · MobiMOOC · MOOC · OER · open education

ISSN1492-3831
Other number7
RefereedYes
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URLhttp://www.irrodl.org/index.php/irrodl/article/view/1046
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