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What Tweets Tell us About MOOC Participation

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iJET Volume 9, Number 1, ISSN 1863-0383 Publisher: International Journal of Emerging Technology in Learning, Kassel, Germany


In this research paper, the authors analyze the collected Twitter data output during MobiMOOC 2011. This six-week data stream includes all tweets that contain the MOOC's hashtag (#mobiMOOC) and it has been analyzed using qualitative methodology. The analysis sought to examine the emotive vocabulary used, to determine if there was content-sharing via tweets, and to analyze the folksonomic trends of the tweets. In Addition sought a deeper understanding of what, and how, MOOC participants share what they share on the MOOC’s Twitter channel. The aim of this study is to provide a little more insight into MOOC learner behaviors on Twitter so that future MOOC designers and facilitators can better engage with their learners.


Koutropoulos, A., Abajian, S., deWaard, I., Hogue, R., Keskin, N. & Rodriguez, C. (2014). What Tweets Tell us About MOOC Participation. International Journal of Emerging Technologies in Learning (iJET), 9(1), 8-21. Kassel, Germany: International Journal of Emerging Technology in Learning. Retrieved May 29, 2023 from .