Social Media, MOOCs, and other Disruptive Tech

The article I found about social media, MOOCs, and disruptive technologies is “Making ‘MOOCs’: The construction of a new digital higher education within news media discourse” published on the International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning in 2014. In the article, the authors argues that a critical analysis of MOOC discourse throughout the past two years highlights broader societal struggles over education and digital technology—capturing a significant moment before these debates subside with the anticipated normalization and assimilation of MOOCs into educational practice. I agree with the authors on that we should not dismiss the discursive construction of MOOCs in the established news media sources. On the contrary, these old media are still sites where the vast majority of the general public are exposed to the notion of ‘MOOCs’.

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