Wherefore Art Thou MOOC?: Defining Massive Open Online Courses

Stephanie J. Blackmon, Claire H. Major , online learning, Dec 11, 2017
Commentary by Stephen Downes

I don't think this paper really succeeded in its stated objective of defining massive open online courses. What we do get is a sense that there are many interpretations of the form, and that if you sample mostly the xMOOC form, you'll find that xMOOC properties (like instructor-centeredness) predominate. It's interesting for me to observe that as the research moves from primary sources and into secondary sources (and tertiary sources, and more) that the researchers' understanding changes. Now instead of having direct experience they are reporting on what the research says, and with no real constraints on what can be said in research, assertions are replicated and become fact. 

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