A Preliminary Look at MOOC-associated Facebook Groups: Prevalence, Geographic Representation, and Homophily

@article{Kasunic2016APL,
  title={A Preliminary Look at MOOC-associated Facebook Groups: Prevalence, Geographic Representation, and Homophily},
  author={Anna Kasunic and Jessica Hammer and Robert E. Kraut and Michael Massimi and Amy E. Ogan},
  journal={Proceedings of the Third (2016) ACM Conference on Learning @ Scale},
  year={2016}
}
Although xMOOCs are not designed to directly engage students via social media platforms, some students in these courses join MOOC-associated Facebook groups. This study explores the prevalence of Facebook groups associated with courses from MITx and HarvardX, the geographic distribution of students in such groups as compared to the courses at large, and the extent to which such groups are location and/or language homophilous. Results suggests that a non-trivial number of MOOC students engage in… Expand
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