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Hi Sian

Here is the search I conducted showing 743 returns:

I then checked a few of these in the threads:

None of them displayed any emoticons. I also completed the search using an iPad, to rule out something weird on my PC, but still no emoticons. I then logged onto another Coursera Mooc and conducted the same search:

Interestingly, this did display the emoticon sometimes, but not every time!

What I was wondering – did it have an effect upon the sociableness of the group? Does it effect the tone of the conversations? I have no idea what is going on. It is very interesting though, and I am tempted to start a new thread asking about it. It’ll be too late for the ethnography though.


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  1. sbayne says:

    That does seem odd Jin – I just ran a search in a couple of Coursera MOOCs I am in, and found a similarly patchy picture in terms of search return. I agree that if this was a glitch – let alone a deliberate strategy – it would have a very odd communicative effect within the MOOC. Emoticons can be so crucial in establishing meaning and nuance. Thanks for following up – let me know if you get any more insights from a follow up post to the MOOC – I’d be interested to hear.

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