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Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) have been heralded and decried in something of equal measure over the last four years. Their ultimate purpose and the effect they are having are still uncertain but given the level of maturity that has now reached we ought now to be able to attempt to answer some questions of this phenomenon. Following an overview of key issues for educational research on the topic of MOOCs this paper presents findings from studies we have conducted into
* Representations of MOOCs in the Irish Print Media: What are the narratives, who is telling it and why?
* Quality of education in MOOCs in particular regarding online testing
* The strategic drivers for higher education institutions in Ireland to develop MOOCs