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An Exploratory Study of Emotional Affordance of a Massive Open Online Course

Published Online: 11 Dec 2014
Volume & Issue: Volume 17 (2014) - Issue 1 (July 2014)
Page range: 43 - 55
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License
Format
Journal
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1027-5207
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11 Dec 2014
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2 times per year
Languages
English
Abstract

This exploratory study examines emotional affordance of a massive open online course (MOOC). Postings in a discussion forum of a MOOC in computer science are analysed following a research design informed by virtual ethnography. Emotional affordance is investigated, focusing on nonachievement emotions which are not directly linked to achievement activities or outcomes. The study identifies two non-achievement emotions in the MOOC. First, altruistic emotion evolves with the collaborative learning community and possibly compensates for teachers’ minimal emotional intervention in a large, diverse class. Second, intergenerational emotional resonance is observed and this bears a key implication on managing age diversity for the future MOOCs.

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