How do you connect? Analysis of social capital accumulation in connectivist MOOCs

Srećko Joksimović, Vitomir Kovanović, Nia Dowell, Dragan Gašević, Arthur C. Graesser, Oleksandra Skrypnyk, Shane Dawson

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Connections established between learners via interactions are seen as fundamental for connectivist pedagogy. Connections can also be viewed as learning outcomes, i.e. learners' social capital accumulated through distributed learning environments. We applied linear mixed effects modeling to investigate whether the social capital accumulation interpreted through learners' centrality to course interaction networks, is influenced by the language learners use to express and communicate in two connectivist MOOCs. Interactions were distributed across the three social media, namely Twitter, blog and Facebook. Results showed that learners in a cMOOC connect easier with the individuals who use a more informal, narrative style, but still maintain a deeper cohesive structure to their communication.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLAK 2015
Subtitle of host publicationFifth International Conference on Learning Analytics and Knowledge 21—20 March 2015, Poughkeepsie, NY, USA
EditorsPaulo Blikstein, Agathe Merceron, George Siemens
Place of PublicationNew York NY USA
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9781450334174
Publication statusPublished - 16 Mar 2015
Externally publishedYes
EventInternational Learning Analytics & Knowledge Conference 2015: Scaling Up: Big Data to Big Impact - Marist College, Poughkeepsie, United States of America
Duration: 16 Mar 201520 Mar 2015
Conference number: 5th


ConferenceInternational Learning Analytics & Knowledge Conference 2015
Abbreviated titleLAK 2015
Country/TerritoryUnited States of America
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  • Coh-Metrix
  • Language
  • MOOCs
  • Social capital
  • Social Network Analysis

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