Investigating students' interactions with discussion forums, Facebook, and Twitter in a MOOC and their perceptions

Min Liu, Jina Kang, Emily McKelroy, Jason Harron, Sa Liu

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Abstract

Given MOOCs being a relatively new format of online instruction, evidence-based research is needed to understand the role of MOOCs in changing the educational landscape, especially how students use the tools provided in MOOCs. This study investigated how students interacted with the discussion forum in a MOOC, and how they utilized Facebook and Twitter as an additional external space associated with this MOOC. Through both quantitative and qualitative data, the findings showed that MOOC participants found these tools to be helpful and can help create an active, collaborative, and participatory learning environment where they could share ideas and connect with other participants. The finding also indicated a poor interface design and low quality or low response to feedback can impact students' participation and perception of the usefulness of these tools. Results are discussed in the context.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationRevolutionizing Modern Education through Meaningful E-Learning Implementation
PublisherIGI Global
Pages18-41
Number of pages24
ISBN (Electronic)9781522504672
ISBN (Print)1522504664, 9781522504665
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 27 2016
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)
  • Computer Science(all)

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