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BigEdData:
The MOOC Story Deconstructed
Mark Brown & Eamon Costello
Dublin City University
14-17 June 2016, Budapest
Background
•  Who is telling the MOOC story?
•  What is the story being told about MOOCs?
•  What story is missing? Whose ...
Background
•  Who is telling the MOOC story?
•  What is the story being told about MOOCs?
•  What story is missing? Whose ...
Key Question
• What is Twitter saying about MOOCs?
Word	 Frequency	 Word	 Frequency	 Word	 Frequency	
mooc	 21,199	 educat...
Key Question
• What is Twitter saying about MOOCs?
Word	 Frequency	 Word	 Frequency	 Word	 Frequency	
mooc	 21,199	 educat...
Findings
A story is never just a story – it is a
statement of belief and of morality (Pinar, 2014, p.12)
The story
about M...
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BigEdData: The MOOC Story Deconstructed

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Synergy paper at European Distance and e-Learning Network (EDEN) conference, Budapest, 15th June, 2016

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BigEdData: The MOOC Story Deconstructed

  1. 1. BigEdData: The MOOC Story Deconstructed Mark Brown & Eamon Costello Dublin City University 14-17 June 2016, Budapest
  2. 2. Background •  Who is telling the MOOC story? •  What is the story being told about MOOCs? •  What story is missing? Whose story is not being told?
  3. 3. Background •  Who is telling the MOOC story? •  What is the story being told about MOOCs? •  What story is missing? Whose story is not being told?
  4. 4. Key Question • What is Twitter saying about MOOCs? Word Frequency Word Frequency Word Frequency mooc 21,199 education 1,126 onlinelearn 501 course 2,733 join 1,113 science 492 learn 2,686 start 1,055 marketing 478 online 2,442 register 954 Data 471 elearn 2,079 onlinecourse 736 Life 447 free 1,911 highered 667 coursera 1,410 digital 562 edxonline 1,332 university 556 edtech 1,259 open 520 business 1,165 students 518 2015 - 35 million learners 2014 - 18 million learners
  5. 5. Key Question • What is Twitter saying about MOOCs? Word Frequency Word Frequency Word Frequency mooc 21,199 education 1,126 onlinelearn 501 course 2,733 join 1,113 science 492 learn 2,686 start 1,055 marketing 478 online 2,442 register 954 Data 471 elearn 2,079 onlinecourse 736 Life 447 free 1,911 highered 667 coursera 1,410 digital 562 edxonline 1,332 university 556 edtech 1,259 open 520 business 1,165 students 518
  6. 6. Findings A story is never just a story – it is a statement of belief and of morality (Pinar, 2014, p.12) The story about MOOCs is not really about MOOCs!

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