I’m pleased that our paper about social learning spaces for MOOCs, with an analysis of a case in FutureLearn, has been accepted for presentation in the Research track of EMOOCs 2017 Conference!
Manathunga, K., Hernández-Leo, D., Sharples, M., (2017) A Social Learning Space Grid for MOOCs: Exploring a FutureLearn Case, Proceedings of the 5th European MOOCs Stakeholders Summit, EMOOCs 2017, Springer LNCS, Madrid, Spain. https://repositori.upf.edu/handle/10230/28273
Abstract. Collaborative and social engagement promote active learning through knowledge intensive interactions. Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are dynamic and diversified learning spaces with varying factors like flexible time frames, student count, demographics requiring higher engagement and motivation to continue learning and for designers to implement novel pedagogies including collaborative learning activities. This paper looks into available and potential collaborative and social learning spaces within MOOCs and proposes a social learning space grid that can aid MOOC designers to implement such spaces, considering the related requirements. Furthermore, it describes a MOOC case study incorporating three collaborative and social learning spaces and discusses challenges faced. Interesting lessons learned from the case give an insight on which spaces to be implemented and the scenarios and factors to be considered.