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Building open learning opportunities: The Participating in the Digital Age cMOOC design case.

, Curtin University of Technology, Australia ; , Athabasca University, Canada ; , Curtin University, Australia

EdMedia + Innovate Learning, in Tampere, Finland ISBN 978-1-939797-08-7 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC


This paper reports on the development and utilization of an innovative learning platform developed to support the flexible delivery of a connectivist-style Massive Open Online Course or cMOOC. The social media platform, implemented as the Curtin Learning Commons ( was developed as a customized Elgg social software instance on a cloud-hosted server. The Participating in the Digital Age (PDA MOOC) was designed to utilize a wide variety of the social media tools available, providing learners with inquiry style learning tasks over a six-week period. Innovations in the learning environment on the institutional side include the presentation of a fully open learning space with almost limitless combinations of configurable tools available for the designers to present resources and activities to learners. Innovations on the learner side include detailed customization of the learning space and choice of tools, spaces, and open-ness of content posted.


Ostashewski, N., Dron, J. & Howell, J. (2014). Building open learning opportunities: The Participating in the Digital Age cMOOC design case. In J. Viteli & M. Leikomaa (Eds.), Proceedings of EdMedia 2014--World Conference on Educational Media and Technology (pp. 2480-2484). Tampere, Finland: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved February 22, 2019 from .

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