‘Vote Me Up If You Like My Ideas!’ Experiences of Learning in a MOOC

2014 ICA Pre-Conference Working Paper: Innovation in Higher Education: Building a Better Future?

16 Pages Posted: 11 Jun 2014  

Rebecca Eynon

University of Oxford - Oxford Internet Institute

Isis Hjorth

University of Oxford - Oxford Internet Institute

Nabeel Gillani

University of Oxford

Taha Yasseri

University of Oxford - Oxford Internet Institute

Date Written: May 21, 2014

Abstract

To fully understand and support learners in MOOCs we need a way of detecting and differentiating distinct learner profiles (reflecting motivations, goals, preferences for course elements and online behaviours) - particularly given the “crowd like” nature of these settings. This paper highlights some steps towards this goal. Using a range of data sources from one case study MOOC on business strategy we address three questions: 1) can we distinguish coherent profiles of learners’ interactions within a MOOC? 2) how do these interaction profiles relate to learner characteristics? And 3) what is the relationship between these interaction profiles and learners’ performance and experiences of learning within a MOOC?

Keywords: MOOC, student experience, digital trace data, interviews, mixed method

Suggested Citation

Eynon, Rebecca and Hjorth, Isis and Gillani, Nabeel and Yasseri, Taha, ‘Vote Me Up If You Like My Ideas!’ Experiences of Learning in a MOOC (May 21, 2014). 2014 ICA Pre-Conference Working Paper: Innovation in Higher Education: Building a Better Future?. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2439571 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2439571

Rebecca Eynon (Contact Author)

University of Oxford - Oxford Internet Institute ( email )

1 St Giles
Oxford, OX1 3JS
United Kingdom

HOME PAGE: http://www.oii.ox.ac.uk

Isis Hjorth

University of Oxford - Oxford Internet Institute ( email )

1 St. Giles
University of Oxford
Oxford OX1 3PG Oxfordshire, Oxfordshire OX1 3JS
United Kingdom

Nabeel Gillani

University of Oxford ( email )

Mansfield Road
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 4AU
United Kingdom

Taha Yasseri

University of Oxford - Oxford Internet Institute ( email )

1 St. Giles
University of Oxford
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 3JS
United Kingdom

HOME PAGE: http://www.oii.ox.ac.uk/people/yasseri/

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