The first paper from my PhD thesis project, titled “Understanding Learners’ General Perception Towards Learning with MOOC Classmates: an Exploratory Study”, was conditionally accepted by the ACM Learning @ Scale Conference 2015, a conference focus specifically on online learning at a massive scale, as a work-in-progress.
The study in this paper is originated from an initial discussion with the research team on this deceptively simple question: “How should we facilitate peer learning in MOOCs?” We found that although there have been a lot of studies on implementing peer features in MOOCs (think about reputation system, chat room), no study has ever inquire MOOC students about their experiences in learning with other peers in MOOCs. Hence, the motivation of this study is to understand students’ general perception towards this activity in an exploratory manner. We identified a lot of interesting and inchoate insights and we are already en route in expanding this study into a full-scale systematic investigation.
I like to thank my collaborators, Juho Kim, Toni-Jan Keith Monserrat, and my advisor Shengdong Zhao for their guidance in this project. For more information on this project, please read the paper and its official ACM page, both which will be released soon.