Dissertation

Connectivism In Massive Open Online Courses, A Content Analysis of Course Syllabi

As digital networks become more prevalent between people, information and curricular content, researchers such as George Siemens have proposed new pedagogical approaches based on the principles of Connectivism through which the process of learning is facilitated by, and even rests within, the electronic connections between people and artifacts over a digital network. Connectivism Learning Theory suggests that online peer networks, such as social media and online forums, play a vital role in learning development online. MOOCs expansion, as well as MOOC-based education, has become a major issue in higher education since 2008 without much research and analysis of its functions and educational strategies. This study is centered around the connectivist features in a MOOC that are used to facilitate and advance pedagogy. Key Words : Connectivism, learning theory, autonomy, synchronous, asynchronous, digital networks, Massive Open Online Courses, MOOCs.

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