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Title:When the audience talks back: MOOCs and "super" discourse
Author(s):Grace, Rob; Fonseca, Frederico
Subject(s):communication studies
social informatics
Abstract:Opportunities for co-produced digital media find users differentially involved within emergent and unfamiliar configurations of technologies, organizations, and complex information flows. Addressing the interaction patterns and rhetorical practices of the most frequent contributors to online discussion forums in comparison to the majority of infrequent contributors, this analysis considers the contributions of each toward the structuring of online discourse. An empirical analysis found an inverse ratio between the monologues and replies of frequent contributors and those users posting a single comment. Although both groups tended to engage in interpretive practices, frequent contributors more often interacted in direct reply with others, often in sharp critique or supportive acknowledgement. These findings suggest that frequent contributors perform a significant role in the emergent structuring of online discourse.
Issue Date:2015-03-15
Series/Report:iConference 2015 Proceedings
Genre:Conference Paper / Presentation
Peer Reviewed:yes
Rights Information:Copyright 2015 is held by the authors. Copyright permissions, when appropriate, must be obtained directly from the authors.
Date Available in IDEALS:2015-03-24

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