Exploring development of social capital in a CMOOC through language and discourse
Srećko Joksimović, The University of South Australia, Australia ; Nia Dowell, The University of Michigan, United States ; Oleksandra Poquet, Vitomir Kovanović, The University of South Australia, Australia ; Dragan Gašević, The University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom ; Shane Dawson, The University of South Australia, Australia ; Arthur C. Graesser, The University of Memphis, United States
Internet and Higher Education Volume 36, Number 1, ISSN 1096-7516 Publisher: Elsevier Ltd
Connectivist pedagogies are geared towards building a network of learners that actively employ technologies to establish interpersonal connections in open online settings. In this context, as course participants increasingly establish interpersonal relationships among peers they have greater opportunity to draw on and leverage the latent social capital that resides in such a distributed learning environment. However, to date there have been a limited number of studies exploring how learners build their social capital in open large-scale courses. To inform the facilitation of learner networks in open online settings and beyond, this study analyzed factors associated with how learners accumulate social capital in the form of learner connections over time. The study was conducted in two massive open online course offerings (Connectivism and Connective Knowledge) that were designed on the principles of connectivist pedagogy and that made use of data about social interaction from Twitter, blogs, and Facebook. For this purpose, linear mixed modeling was used to understand the associations between learner social capital, linguistic and discourse patterns, media used for interaction, as well as the time in the course when interaction took place. The results highlight the association between the language used by the learners and the creation of ties between them. Analyses on the accumulation of connections over time have implications for the pedagogical choices that would be expected to help learners leverage access to potential social capital in a networked context.
Joksimović, S., Dowell, N., Poquet, O., Kovanović, V., Gašević, D., Dawson, S. & Graesser, A.C. (2018). Exploring development of social capital in a CMOOC through language and discourse. Internet and Higher Education, 36(1), 54-64. Elsevier Ltd.
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