When an xMOOC puts limitations on the discussion forum(s)…

When an xMOOC puts limitations on the discussion forum(s)…

After making my way through Week 1 of my course I logged into the discussion forum to see if anyone had reached out to our learning community….Tumbleweed…Am I the only one interested in conversation? The social aspect of the MOOC wasn’t what I expected due to the block readings, particularly by Bayne et al., Knox, Stewart and Kozinet.  I instead started to look over the course details and researched the set up. I come across information regarding our weekly quiz and find that participants can be removed from the course if they discuss the quiz on the discussion forums. The content is logical so I’m wondering what my new online learning community will discuss? Watch this space!


Bayne, S., Knox, J., & Ross, J. (2015). Open education: The need for a critical approach. Learning, Media and Technology, 40(3), 247-250. DOI:10.1080/17439884.2015.1065272

Knox, J. 2015. Community Cultures. Excerpt from Critical Education and Digital Cultures. In Encyclopedia of Educational Philosophy and Theory. M. A. Peters (ed.). DOI 10.1007/978-981-287-532-7_124-1

Kozinets, R. V. (2010) Chapter 2 ‘Understanding Culture Online’, Netnography: doing ethnographic research online. London: Sage. pp. 21-40.

Stewart, B., (2013). Massiveness + Openness = New Literacies of Participation? MERLOT Journal of Online Learning and Technology, 9(2), pp.228–238.

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