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Wednesday, April 25 • 12:50 - 13:50
Epistemic maturity in social MOOCs: a critical condition for “success” in student-led initiatives

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This poster uses a corpus two of the social MOOCs (or sMOOCs) from the European Funded Project ECO. It is composed of the sMOOC “Step by Step” (to learn how to make sMOOCs), and the student-led sMOOC “Doctorat et Poursuite de Carrière”. It tests the hypothesis that, by creating conditions, resources and tools for transfer, students as participants are led to experience transformation in terms of “presence” and “epistemic maturity”.
The results show that transfer is dependent on the negotiation between all stakeholders of a number of tools for support and management. This process affected the various editions of the “Step by Step”, by increasing the availability of “back-office” solutions. The distributed nature of the process also implied constant and consistent coordination of teams, in relation to an agile pedagogical design.
From the perspective of student-led initiatives, the transfer is obvious with direct replication and re-use of resources. Transfer reaches a further step of transformation with remix and repurposing strategies. The process helped build the trust in the community and self-respect among the participants. This trust and confidence in turn translated into competences in management, especially in identifying and using correctly and adequately the distributed competences of the group. Previous experience in the “Step by Step” fostered competences of community management and of facilitation. These results confirm the existence of epistemic maturity as a key achievement of sMOOCs. They call for more research on this topic especially as it redefines the criteria for evaluating the “success” of any sMOOC.

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Adeline Bossu


Divina Frau-Meigs

CREW University Sorbonne Nouvelle USPC

Wednesday April 25, 2018 12:50 - 13:50 CEST

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