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Unpacking MOOC Scholarly Discourse: A Review of he Nascent MOOC Scholarship
Learning, Media & Technology (2014)
  • Julien Murphy, University of Southern Maine
  • Maureen Ebben, University of Southern Maine

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.

  • Massive open online courses (MOOCs),
  • Web based instruction,
  • Cognitive behaviorism
Publication Date
September, 2014
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Citation Information
Julien Murphy and Maureen Ebben. "Unpacking MOOC Scholarly Discourse: A Review of he Nascent MOOC Scholarship" Learning, Media & Technology Vol. 39 Iss. 3 (2014)
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