Title: Developing social entrepreneurs through distance education: the value of commitment and interactivity with the learning community

Authors: Marta Solórzano-García; Julio Navío-Marco

Addresses: Departamento de Organización de Empresas, Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia, UNED, C/ Senda del Rey, 11, 28040, Madrid, Spain ' Departamento de Organización de Empresas, Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia, UNED, C/ Senda del Rey, 11, 28040, Madrid, Spain

Abstract: Given that the creation of successful interactions and collaboration networks develops into sustainable and successful social entrepreneurial organisations, learning communities can serve as an ideal environment to train students in social entrepreneurship. This paper describes massive open online learning communities as an appropriate methodology for the distance teaching of social entrepreneurship and how the students on a massive online open course in social entrepreneurship commit to the learning community generated in this virtual environment. Data from a pioneer social entrepreneurship massive open online learning communities were analysed using three statistical methodologies. The analysis demonstrates that a student's commitment to the distance learning community is directly related to his degree of participation, the rewards received, his correspondence with the other students and recognition from the other members of the community.

Keywords: social entrepreneurship; distance education; commitment; online interaction; learning communities; mobile learning; massively open online courses; MOOC; social network analysis; social constructivism; collaborative learning; statistical analysis; learning engagement; social presence; digital badgets.

DOI: 10.1504/IJMLO.2019.096466

International Journal of Mobile Learning and Organisation, 2019 Vol.13 No.1, pp.30 - 50

Received: 03 Nov 2017
Accepted: 05 Mar 2018

Published online: 03 Oct 2018 *

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