Educational Technology

April 27, 2013

UK MOOC ‘develops community spirit’

Filed under: Educational Technology — admin @ 12:32 am

by UK Virtual College

Despite some teething problems, the University of Edinburgh has garnered positive results from its decision to create a virtual learning environment using massive open online course (MOOC) platform provider Coursera. Initially, the move led to a number of hiccups, but the university soon found that groups of engaged students began to emerge. Many of these individuals took to interactive forums and social media platforms to discuss subjects such as artificial intelligence, astrobiology, critical thinking, e-learning, digital cultures, philosophy and equine nutrition with fellow pupils. “There was a very engaged group that began forming a community before the course even started,” Jeremy Knox, a PHD student and instructor on the university’s E-learning and Digital Cultures MOOC, told the Times’ higher education supplement. He added: “They were using social media to meet each other and were very happy with the idea of self-directing their study. They got it.”

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