MOOCs in the news: a European perspective

Vitomir Kovanović, Dragan Gašević, Srecko Joksimović, George Siemens, Marek Hatala

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The Recent development of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOcs) commenced unprecedented interest of the general public. To leverage from the attention given to MOOCs, understanding of public discourse is essential, as it can give critical insights into the important domains of biggest societal interests. Previous research showed the great need for understanding specifics of MOOC adoption around the world and the necessity to better cater to the needs of different markets. With this in mind, this paper presents a study that looked specifically at the Europe-related MOOC discourse between 2008 and 2015. We identified important themes in the MOOC public discourse and evaluated their changes over time. Further implications of our findings are also discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMOOCs in Europe
Subtitle of host publicationOverview of papers representing a collective European response on MOOCs as presented during the HOME conference in Rome November 2015
EditorsDarco Jansen, Lizzie Konings
Place of PublicationMaastricht Netherlands
PublisherEuropean Association of Distance Teaching Universities (EADTU)
Number of pages12
ISBN (Print)9789079730193
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2016
Externally publishedYes
EventWOW! Europe Embraces MOOCs 2015 - Università telematica internazionale Uninettuno, Rome, Italy
Duration: 30 Nov 201530 Nov 2015


ConferenceWOW! Europe Embraces MOOCs 2015
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  • MOOCs
  • MOOC public discourse
  • topic modeling
  • MOOCs in Europe

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