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Teacher Experiences and Academic Identity: The Missing Components of MOOC Pedagogy

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)57-69
JournalJournal of Online Learning and Teaching
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2014


The way teachers are represented in relation to MOOCs has created a limited and unhelpful characterization of an important role. The key argument put forward in this position paper is that attending to the complexity of the MOOC teacher’s experience and identity will ultimately support productive dialogue about retention, access, and the meaning and purpose of the MOOC – dialogue which, at present, typically focuses on the student or the technology, but is silent on the matter of the teacher. The paper begins by exploring how common constructions of ‘the teacher’ – as the charismatic celebrity professor, the co-learner or facilitator, or the automated response – have emerged in the MOOC literature, and challenges the underlying assumptions about teaching.

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  • MOOC, complexity, Teacher

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