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Exploring co-studied Massive Open Online Course subjects via social network analysis
Journal Article
Short paper
International Journal of Emerging Technologies in Learning
Volume 9, Issue 8, Pages 38-41, Start page 38
Published June 2014

Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) allow students to study online courses without requiring previous experience or qualifications. This offers students the freedom to study a wide variety of topics, freed from the curriculum of a degree programme for example; however, it also poses a challenge for students in terms of making connections between individual courses. This paper examines the subjects which students at one MOOC platform (Coursera) choose to study. It uses a social network analysis based approach to create a network graph of co-studied subjects. The resulting network demonstrates a good deal of overlap between different disciplinary areas. Communities are identified within the graph and characterised. The results suggests that MOOC students may not be seeking to replicate degree-style courses in one specialist area, which may have implications for the future moves toward ‘MOOCs for credit’.

ISSN: 1863-0383

Refereed: Yes

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