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Thursday, December 5 • 11:30am - 12:00am
Social Network Formation and its Impact on Learning in MOOC-Eds (30m)

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The Friday Institute for Educational Innovation has recently created the Massively Open Online Course for Educators (MOOC-Ed) Initiative to explore the potential of scaling and delivering personalized, high-quality professional development. Among the core principles of MOOC-Eds are collaboration and peer-supported learning. This study will leverage the Friday Institute’s research expertise in online communities of practice and the rich social network data generated by MOOC-Ed participants to better understand networked learning. Specifically, this multiple-case study will use a mixed-method approach that combines Social Network Analysis (SNA), advanced network modeling techniques, and in-depth qualitative analysis to examine the development of social networks, mechanisms governing their structure, and their impact on learning. Findings from this study will contribute insight into the knowledge MOOC researchers may gain by using the social network perspective as a lens, as well as the potential of social network analytics to aid practitioners in assessing and improving peer-supported learning environments in MOOCs.


Thursday December 5, 2013 11:30am - 12:00am
Meeting Room 12

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