Preprint Review Version 1 This version is not peer-reviewed

MOOCs at the Crossroads: A Literature Review and Reflection Drawing upon Discourse Analysis

Version 1 : Received: 17 September 2019 / Approved: 18 September 2019 / Online: 18 September 2019 (17:00:14 CEST)

How to cite: Mohebi, L.; F. Ponce, M. MOOCs at the Crossroads: A Literature Review and Reflection Drawing upon Discourse Analysis. Preprints 2019, 2019090211 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201909.0211.v1). Mohebi, L.; F. Ponce, M. MOOCs at the Crossroads: A Literature Review and Reflection Drawing upon Discourse Analysis. Preprints 2019, 2019090211 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201909.0211.v1).

Abstract

This study is a synthesis of 159 articles that were selected for their relevance to comprehend key aspects of the Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) phenomenon, from a discourse analysis perspective. Since 2011, MOOCs are expanding worldwide so that the number of subscribers outpointed 101 million at the end of 2018. This paper explores the question whether the MOOCs are the embodiment of the global one-world classroom or whether, instead, they represent a low-cost alternative tailored to a segment that doesn´t have enough time or resources to attend a brick-and-mortar college. In addition, the review tackles the link between motivation and low completion rates. Finally, we discuss the need to devise better methods to assess the pedagogical value of MOOCs.

Subject Areas

MOOCs; distance education; self-directed learning; self-defined learning pathways; 21st century abilities

Comments (0)

We encourage comments and feedback from a broad range of readers. See criteria for comments and our diversity statement.

Leave a public comment
Send a private comment to the author(s)
Views 0
Downloads 0
Comments 0
Metrics 0


×
Alerts
Notify me about updates to this article or when a peer-reviewed version is published.