ERIC Number: EJ1029705
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
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Reference Count: 35
Unpacking MOOC Scholarly Discourse: A Review of Nascent MOOC Scholarship
Ebben, Maureen; Murphy, Julien S.
Learning, Media and Technology, v39 n3 p328-345 2014
The rapid rise of MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) signals a shift in the ways in which digital teaching and learning are engaged in and understood. Drawing upon a comprehensive search of nine leading academic databases, this paper examines the initial phase of MOOC scholarship (2009-2013), and offers an analysis of these empirical studies that conceptualizes themes in MOOC scholarship and locates them within a chronological framework. Two key phases of scholarship about MOOCs are identified, each with associated research imperatives and themes. Phase One: Connectivist MOOCs, Engagement and Creativity 2009-2011/2012. Themes of Phase One include: development of Connectivism as a learning theory, and technological experimentation and innovation in early cMOOCs. Phase Two: xMOOCs, Learning Analytics, Assessment, and Critical Discourses about MOOCs 2012-2013. Themes of Phase Two include: the rise of xMOOCs, further development of MOOC pedagogy and platforms, growth of learning analytics and assessment, and the emergence of a critical discourse about MOOCs.
Descriptors: Scholarship, Online Courses, Learning Theories, Evaluation Problems, Epistemology, Teacher Empowerment, Electronic Learning, Content Analysis, Journal Articles, Databases, Literature Reviews
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