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We have some ideas for research surrounding MOOCs, which I thought I'd share with our FLMobiGame participants on my Week 4 mid-week email.
Community Building around a MOOC is a topic that I have been interested in. The small team of educators and mentors in a MOOC (such as FLMobiGame) rely on community support to a large extent in facilitating the course. In FLMobiGame 2nd run we are very lucky to have some 'FLMobiGame run 1 alumni' here helping us. We have also seen some fantastic support from our 2nd run participants in the course. Some of them are experienced in programming while some are beginners. Together as a community we are supporting each other in the course.
We have already done some work exploring what is considered "dropout" from MOOC participant's perspective and our paper Dropout: MOOC Participants' Perspective was presented last month (February 2014) at the 2nd European MOOC Stakeholders Summit in Switzerland. We have identified various scenarios of 'dropouts' from our previous work and we are looking to improve our understanding on this too Here is the link
Another interesting thing that we observed from Reading MOOCs is that the engagement patterns of MOOCs in different disciplines vary widely. For example, the engagement patterns of University of Reading's Beginner's Guide to Writing in English and Begin Programming courses are very different. It would be interesting to explore these differences.
Please feel free to share your thoughts and if you want to support our research please leave a message we will get in touch. :)