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What research says about MOOCs – An explorative content analysis

TitleWhat research says about MOOCs – An explorative content analysis
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2018
AuthorsZawacki-Richter, O., Bozkurt A., Alturki U., & Aldraiweesh A.
PublisherThe International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning
Volume19
Start Page242
Issue1
Pagination242-259
Date Published02/2018
Place PublishedAthabasca, Alberta
ISSN1492-3831
Keywordscontent analysis, distance education, massive open online courses, MOOCs, open and distance learning
Abstract

Since the first offering of a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) in 2008, the body of literature on this new phenomenon of open learning has grown tremendously. In this regard, this article intends to identify and map patterns in research on MOOCs by reviewing 362 empirical articles published in peer-reviewed journals from 2008 to 2015. For the purposes of this study, a text-mining tool was used to analyse the content of the published research journal articles and to reveal the major themes and concepts covered in the publications. The findings reveal that the MOOC literature generally focuses on four lines of research: (a) the potential and challenges of MOOCs for universities; (b) MOOC platforms; (c) learners and content in MOOCs; and (d) the quality of MOOCs and instructional design issues. Prospective researchers may use these results to gain an overview of this emerging field, as well as to explore potential research directions.

URLhttp://www.irrodl.org/index.php/irrodl/article/view/3356
DOIttp://dx.doi.org/10.19173/irrodl.v19i1.3356
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