What Tweets Tell us About MOOC Participation


  • Apostolos Koutropoulos University of Massachusetts Boston
  • Sean C. Abajian California State University, Northridge
  • Inge deWaard Open University UK
  • Rebecca J. Hogue University of Ottowa
  • Nilgun O. Keskin Anadolu University
  • C. Osvaldo Rodriguez Universidad de la Plata




Twitter, MOOC, cMOOC, Participation, engagement,


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.




How to Cite

Koutropoulos, A., Abajian, S. C., deWaard, I., Hogue, R. J., Keskin, N. O., & Rodriguez, C. O. (2014). What Tweets Tell us About MOOC Participation. International Journal of Emerging Technologies in Learning (iJET), 9(1), pp. 8–21. https://doi.org/10.3991/ijet.v9i1.3316



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