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Mark Brown,
Eamon Costello, Enda Donlon
Mairead Nic Giollamhichil & Colette Kirwan
Hold the Front Page:
The Story of MOOCs...
Outline…
1. Current research
2. Country specific research
3. The ‘real’ story behind the story
Hold the Front Page:
The St...
Key message…
The story
about MOOCs is
not really about MOOCs
1. Current research
1. Current research
1. Current research
1. Current research
2. Country specific research
• Paucity of country specific information
• Need to understand MOOC discourses
at local level
• How have MOOCs been portra...
• Who is telling the MOOC story and why?
• How are they telling the MOOC story?
• What are we being told about MOOCs?
• Wh...
Total of 74 publications – by 1st July 2015
2. Country specific research
Discourse
Analysis
2. Country specific research
1st February 2011 – First story but no mention of the term MOOC
2. Country specific research
MIT Open
Courseware
15th May 2012 – 1st mention of MOOC
2. Country specific research
Free Online
Courses
10th January 2013 – 2nd mention of MOOC
2. Country specific research
FutureLearn
Launch
11th February 2013 – 3rd mention of MOOC
2. Country specific research
Call
For Vision
70%
30%
Type of Reporting
Descriptive
Interpretative
2. Country specific research
4%
19%
77%
Stance Adopted
Negative
Neutral
Positive
2. Country specific research
Elite
73%
Non Elite
21%
NA
6%
Institutional Status
2. Country specific research
0 5 10 15 20 25 30
Fear of Missing Out
Institutional Branding
Increase Student Recruitment
Extend Access
Reduce Costs
Gene...
3. The ‘real’ story behind the story
3. The ‘real’ story behind the story
3. The ‘real’ story behind the story
3. The ‘real’ story behind the story
“As Chandra told the heads of the Universities and IOTs
in Dublin this week, we are talking about building an
entire econo...
“The subject of this meeting is
studying at university through
online learning, including massive
open online courses, MOO...
Executive Summary
3. The ‘real’ story behind the story
March 2015
“Ireland ranks lower than the
OECD average on the international
benchmark of flexible provision”
3. The ‘real’ story behin...
3. The ‘real’ story behind the story
2.7%
Restrictive Funding Model
3. The ‘real’ story behind the story
3. The ‘real’ story behind the story
Who Should Pay
For Higher Education?
3. The ‘real’ story behind the story
http://www.nmc.org/
Funding to Support
Flexible Learners
“There is also almost no understanding of
the private and social benefits of distance
and online education in comparison w...
Conclusion
Conclusion
• Inherently political
• Not on an independent trajectory
• Fundamentally about the future of education
MOOCS…
Conclusion
“MOOCs
should be in
the service of
big ideas,
not as a big
idea in itself”(Brown & Costello, 2015;
adapted from...
Questions…
“A prudent question is one-half of wisdom”
Francis Bacon
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Hold the Front Page: The Story of MOOCs in the Irish Media

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Hold the Front Page: The Story of MOOCs in the Irish Media

  1. 1. Mark Brown, Eamon Costello, Enda Donlon Mairead Nic Giollamhichil & Colette Kirwan Hold the Front Page: The Story of MOOCs in the Irish Media Rome, Italy 30th November 2015
  2. 2. Outline… 1. Current research 2. Country specific research 3. The ‘real’ story behind the story Hold the Front Page: The Story of MOOCs in the Irish Media
  3. 3. Key message… The story about MOOCs is not really about MOOCs
  4. 4. 1. Current research
  5. 5. 1. Current research
  6. 6. 1. Current research
  7. 7. 1. Current research
  8. 8. 2. Country specific research
  9. 9. • Paucity of country specific information • Need to understand MOOC discourses at local level • How have MOOCs been portrayed in the traditional newspaper media in Ireland? Gap in the literature… 2. Country specific research
  10. 10. • Who is telling the MOOC story and why? • How are they telling the MOOC story? • What are we being told about MOOCs? • What is missing from the MOOC story? • Whose voice is not being heard? 2. Country specific research Deeper questions…
  11. 11. Total of 74 publications – by 1st July 2015 2. Country specific research Discourse Analysis
  12. 12. 2. Country specific research
  13. 13. 1st February 2011 – First story but no mention of the term MOOC 2. Country specific research MIT Open Courseware
  14. 14. 15th May 2012 – 1st mention of MOOC 2. Country specific research Free Online Courses
  15. 15. 10th January 2013 – 2nd mention of MOOC 2. Country specific research FutureLearn Launch
  16. 16. 11th February 2013 – 3rd mention of MOOC 2. Country specific research Call For Vision
  17. 17. 70% 30% Type of Reporting Descriptive Interpretative 2. Country specific research
  18. 18. 4% 19% 77% Stance Adopted Negative Neutral Positive 2. Country specific research
  19. 19. Elite 73% Non Elite 21% NA 6% Institutional Status 2. Country specific research
  20. 20. 0 5 10 15 20 25 30 Fear of Missing Out Institutional Branding Increase Student Recruitment Extend Access Reduce Costs Generate Revenue Unbundling of Services Innovation Curriculum Renewal Industry Training Supporting Student Readiness Promote Research Not Stated Major Drivers 2. Country specific research
  21. 21. 3. The ‘real’ story behind the story
  22. 22. 3. The ‘real’ story behind the story
  23. 23. 3. The ‘real’ story behind the story
  24. 24. 3. The ‘real’ story behind the story
  25. 25. “As Chandra told the heads of the Universities and IOTs in Dublin this week, we are talking about building an entire economy based on Irish education. These are wise words from a man whose company's exports are worth more to the Indian economy than their total oil imports.” 3. What is the story behind the story?
  26. 26. “The subject of this meeting is studying at university through online learning, including massive open online courses, MOOCs” 3. The ‘real’ story behind the story
  27. 27. Executive Summary 3. The ‘real’ story behind the story March 2015
  28. 28. “Ireland ranks lower than the OECD average on the international benchmark of flexible provision” 3. The ‘real’ story behind the story (National Forum for the Enhancment of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, 2015, p.16)
  29. 29. 3. The ‘real’ story behind the story
  30. 30. 2.7% Restrictive Funding Model 3. The ‘real’ story behind the story
  31. 31. 3. The ‘real’ story behind the story Who Should Pay For Higher Education?
  32. 32. 3. The ‘real’ story behind the story http://www.nmc.org/ Funding to Support Flexible Learners
  33. 33. “There is also almost no understanding of the private and social benefits of distance and online education in comparison with those of face-to-face education” (Rumble, 2014, p.208). 3. The ‘real’ story behind the story Interesting Paradox!
  34. 34. Conclusion
  35. 35. Conclusion • Inherently political • Not on an independent trajectory • Fundamentally about the future of education MOOCS…
  36. 36. Conclusion “MOOCs should be in the service of big ideas, not as a big idea in itself”(Brown & Costello, 2015; adapted from Barnett, 2011). One final point…
  37. 37. Questions… “A prudent question is one-half of wisdom” Francis Bacon http://www.slideshare.net/mbrownz

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